INTEGRATION THROUGH SPORT - THE GERMAN LESSON

On the eve of the World Cup qualifier, Republic of Ireland versus Germany, Sport Against Racism Ireland will kick-off FARE Action against Racism Week 2012 with a workshop on cultural integration and social inclusion through sport. Facilitated by the Goethe Institute of Dublin, the event will discuss German Olympic Sport Confederation policy and process in the integration of sports practitioners from diverse ethnic backgrounds into sport.

Gitta Axmann, a specialist in 'Sport for All' development and representing the German Olympic Sports Confederation will present the pattern of change that resulted in a radical shift in a participation strategy for migrants in the German sports system. In a country with 89,000 clubs with 27 million members, this development has paid dividends for German sport, not only with a marked increase in sports participation rates among people from the international Diasporas at home but also on the international stage. Gitta, who holds a UEFA B coaching licence, will inform the invited workshop participants about the developments that have led to the German sports family drawing on the country's wealth of talent among it's ethnic minorities.

Ken Mc Cue, a Cultural Planner and International Officer with SARI will respond and detail the work of this social enterprise in the implementation of the EU White Paper on Sport and the strategic plan to have Equality Clauses inserted into the constitutions of the National Governing Bodies of Sport in Ireland by 2014. In that context, Ken will outline the work in progress of the pan-European transfer of innovation STEMS project that is designed to produce an anti-discrimination mobility manual for Further Education and Vocational Education and Training sectors in the field of Sport that will eventually lead towards a common cultural integration and social inclusion syllabus in academic and technical institutes dealing with sport across the European Union of 27 countries.

Finally, award winning Italian-Swiss writer, Max Mauro will present an overview of his practice based research that engages with the social worlds of two youth football teams based in the multi-ethnic district of West Dublin. This PhD study explores processes of identity, construction and reconstruction, culture, belonging and citizenship. The session, which will unlock a lively debate will be mediated by Dr. Brian Kerr, former Manager of Republic of Ireland and Faroe Islands national football teams'.

Venue: Goethe Institute, 37 Merrion Square
Time and Date: 2pm-5pm on Thursday, October 11, 2012.
Workshop Speakers:
Gitta Axmann, Deutscher Olympischer Sportbund
Ken Mc Cue, Sport Against Racism Ireland
Max Mauro, Centre for Transcultural Research and Media Practice, Dublin Institute of Technology
Chair: Dr. Brian Kerr, Director, Sport Against Racism Ireland

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For further information please call SARI at 01.873.5077

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