Surfacing, preventing and mediating discriminations through sport
The SENTRY SPORT project aims 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 r 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 aims 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 specifically aims to:
Provide useful IT tools for networking, sharing of materials and good practices
Consolidate a learning environment for all European actors for the exchange of practices, mutual learning and cooperation.
Build capacities and develop tools to support victims of acts of discrimination in sport venues
Test, adapt and validate a transferable methodology by organising pilot events in different European towns
To disseminate project results and advocate the issue to policy makers
The project is led by UISP Nazionale. The consortium includes :
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 are:
Implementing 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)
Developing a toolkit with good practices, analyses of the situation per country and guidelines for the pilot projects (IO3)
Developing and implementing a training programme (IO4)
Organising pilot events to test the methodology (toolkit and training, TCB) and verify its transferability (IO5.1)
Developing a guide for the implementation of the methodology (IO5.2)
Creating policy recommendations (IO6)
The Role of Efus
As a partner of the project, Efus will elaborate 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).