Erasmus sport + InCluPas
jan 2021-dec 2022
The IncluPAS-project is a social innovation project aiming at developing, implementing and testing a digital application to create social inclusion through sport and Physical Activity (PA)-initiatives in disadvantaged communities for 14 to 18- year old adolescents.
The project will focus on 14-18-year-old adolescents, because this group is especially hard to reach for grassroot sport organisations. Community champions will play a key role in these initiatives and in the project as their efforts spark action and create social change in the community. The application will allow these community champions to easily upload, organise and display their initiatives. It will furthermore visualise their effects and value their efforts, so they are motivated in a sustainable way to connect their peers through physical activity, and thereby promote the much-needed social inclusion in less advantaged communities.
In order to achieve the project’s objectives, a multidisciplinary and multicultural consortium was established, consisting of seven partners from five different countries.
Three of the partners are cities (Gent, Vilnius, Thessaloniki) that are united by their needs and their motivation to promote the integration of lower social classes and ethnical cultural minorities in the society. All cities involved have positive experiences in using sport and physical activity as a means to create intercultural connections.
These cities are supported by two research partners (LUNEX University, HOWEST), one topic partner in social inclusion and dissemination (Vienna institute of International democracy and cooperation (VIDC)), and one marketing and innovation partner (MySueno).
In addition to this consortium, an app-developer will be subcontracted to customize the IncluPAS-Application to the needs of the target group.
One disadvantaged community (geographical region of +- 5000 people) will be selected per city, with a high proportion of ethnic cultural minorities. In each community, a fivefold capacity building approach will be used, consisting of five core components that will lead to the intellectual outputs:
In total, 45 community champions will be trained to foster social inclusion through sport and PA in the three disadvantaged communities. In each community, the goal is to impact 250 adolescents aged 14-18 years. (i.e. take part in several activities organized by the community champions).
For each of the core components of the IncluPAS-project an online workshop, report, fact sheets and guidelines will be made freely available through the IncluPAS-website. These aspects together with a smart dissemination strategy, will ensure a wide implementation of the IncluPAS-project in other European cities.