Surfacing, preventing and mediating discriminations through sport

The SENTRY SPORT project aimed to empower grassroots sport stakeholders in monitoring, preventing and mitigating acts of discrimination by providing them with suitable and adequate tools and methodology.


Sport brings together millions of people, regardless of their sex, colour, gender, age, nationality or religion. It breaks down barriers and builds bridges where boundaries usually exist. In other words, it has the potential to foster inclusion, mutual respect and acceptance of diversity, and also to promote social integration. 

Due to its welcoming and diverse nature, however, sport faces a number of challenges with regards to  incidences of racism and discrimination. Acts of discriminatory violence on the grounds of racial or ethnic origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or socioeconomic status sadly remain a daily reality in all Member States of the European Union (EU). Furthermore, according to the EU Anti-Racism Action Plan (2020-2025), hate-motivated violence and harassment often remains unreported. This leaves victims vulnerable and inhibits action to bring about positive change. Not only do these acts have a traumatic effect on the victims’ physical and mental health, but they also send a negative message to whole groups or communities, denying them the right to participate in society. Finally, the lack of effective monitoring systems to record racism and discrimination in sport makes it difficult for relevant authorities and organisations to identify, respond to and mitigate acts of discriminatory violence.


SENTRY SPORT believes in the potential of sports to convey human values. Sport coaches, operators and other sport professionals can play an important role in detecting acts of discriminatory violence, supporting victims, referring them to relevant organisations or services, and shaping conflict-mediation actions. 

The SENTRY SPORT project aimed to empower grassroots sport stakeholders in monitoring, preventing and mitigating acts of discrimination by providing them with suitable and adequate tools and methodology.


The project was led by UISP Nazionale. The consortium included:

  • International Sport and Culture Association – ISCA (Denmark)
  • European Forum for Urban Security – Efus (France)
  • Fundación Red Deporte y Cooperación – RDC (Spain)
  • Vienna Institute for International Dialogue and Cooperation – VIDC (Austria)
  • Koinoniki Synetairistiki Epicheirissyllogikis Kai Koinonikis Ofeleiasen-Drasei) – Koinsep en Drasei (Greece)

The main activities of the project were:

  • The implementation of an open online collaborative platform for experience-sharing and training (IO1) and creating a networking plan to reach as many organisations as possible that might be interested in applying the methodology in their cities (IO2)
  • The development a toolkit with good practices, analyses of the situation per country and guidelines for the pilot projects (IO3)
  • The development and the implementation of a training programme (IO4)
  • The organisation of pilot events to test the methodology (toolkit and training, TCB) and verify its transferability (IO5.1)
  • The development of a guide for the implementation of the methodology (IO5.2)
  • The creation of policy recommendations (IO6)

You can find all the ressources of the project here.

Discrimination is the silent enemy of sport – it’s time to speak up!

The SENTRY SPORT project final event in Saint-Denis – September 2023

Host city of the Rugby World Cup 2023 and of the 2024 Summer Olympics and Paralympics, Efus’ member city Saint-Denis, near Paris, hosted the SENTRY SPORT project final event on 19 September 2023. In the presence of Deputy Mayor and Delegate Councillor for the Department Oriane Filhol, it was an opportunity for local authority representatives and actors of the sports sector to discuss the results of the project, but also the organisation of large events and their impact on local safety and security. 

📷 Photo/UISP, Saint-Denis, 2023

The Role of Efus

As a partner of the project, Efus elaborated a set of recommendations addressed to policy makers, mostly on national and European level, as well as institutional and civil society representatives with the aim of influencing the policy agenda regarding the surfacing, prevention and mitigation of acts of discriminations in the sport sector (IO6).


January 2021 – September 2023


Marta Pellón Brussosa – Programme Manager

The project website

The SENTRY SPORT project was funded by the EU Erasmus + Sport Collaborative Partnership 2020 programme