SPIEL MIT! Social Participation and Intercultural Experiences - Lively Interaction in Thuringia
SPIEL MIT! is a project funded by the German Federal Ministry of the Interior and commissioned by the Federal Agency for Civic Education (Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung) in the frame of the program "Social Cohesion through Participation" (Zusammenhalt durch Teilhabe). The project duration was initially two years (Nov. 2016 - Oct. 2018) and was extended to three years (untill Oct. 2019).
The project´s main goal is tho increase the intercultural opening of sport clubs belonging to the Thuringian Sport Federation (Landessportbund Thüringen) and to support them in implementing this opening as a long-term strategy. To reach this goal, four interlinked working packages will be cooperatively carried out by the Karlshochschule International University, the Hochschule Karlsruhe für Technik und Wirtschaft, the Office for Intercultural Opening of AWO regional chapter Jena-Weimar (Coordinator) as well as the Thuringian Sport Federation.
The project will start analyzing the status quo regarding intercultural openness of Thuringia's sport clubs (current situation, activities and competences, outcomes and needs). Then further qualitative in-depth research will focus on four previously selected sport clubs and based on the acquired knowledge a consulting support system to increase intercultural competence and openness in sport clubs will be established. The project partners will assist the four selected sport clubs in the implementation of integration measures to stimulate intercultural learning and understanding among their members and to remove access barriers for people with a migration background to the existing sport activities. Based on both the status quo and the in-depth analysis these measures will be designed. After a year and a half cooperating with the focused clubs, success factors and necessary structures will be identified within the scope of a third analysis. Furthermore, the obtained information will be used to develop a good practice guide that can be applied by other sport clubs.
The main expected outcome is a greater awareness among clubs regarding the social participation of people with a migration background in the field of sport. Nevertheless, the consulting system as well as the predictable arising of network structures with other organizations in the social area of the focused sport clubs will ensure the sustainability of the project.
Helena Faust M.A., Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin hfaust(at)karlshochschule.de