Sport for Social Inclusion of Refugees with a Gender Perspective (SPRING)
A project in collaboration with AE Ramassà, Girl Power, and Organization Earth
The project, funded by European Union Sport, delivers inclusive football activities for refugee women and girls in Catalonia, Denmark, Germany, and Greece.
During the previous season, Barça Foundation conducted research and mapping of good practices to ensure that the implementation of activities would meet the needs and realities of refugee women and girls, while promoting social inclusion and gender equality.
Coaches will deliver football-based activities with around 300 refugees and asylum-seeking women and girls on a weekly basis throughout the season. A series of community events and tournaments will also be held to connect women and girls in the project to local sports clubs and groups.
AE Ramassà, Catalonia
AE Ramassà is a Catalan amateur football club – turned – non-governmental organization in in Les Franqueses del Vallès, with a mission to harness the power of football for good and to contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. For the past 6 years they have undertaken cooperation projects across Africa and run a long-term football program for girls and boys in Yaoundé, Cameroon. They also conduct awareness raising campaigns and talks in schools and with municipalities and clubs in Catalonia to advocate on anti-racism and anti-sexism, women´s rights, refugee rights, and sustainability. In early 2021, Ramassà launched a football program for refugee and asylum-seeking women in collaboration with UNHCR Spain and football start-up company, Celebreak, that has a vibrant social football community.
Girl Power Organization, Denmark and Germany
Girl Power was founded in 2014 by sport and human rights activist, Khalida Popal. She was the Afghanistan national team captain and Director of Women´s Football Committee before going into exile in 2011 and subsequently becoming a refugee in Denmark.
Girl Power aims to use sport and education as tools to empower, connect and unify women and girls from all cultures and social backgrounds, especially ethnic minorities, refugees, immigrants, and migrants. In Denmark and Germany, Girl Power runs sports training camps and festivals, coaching courses, mentorship and leadership development, and workshops for girls and women to provide opportunities, empowerment, education, and social inclusion.
Organization Earth, Greece
Organization Earth is a Greek non-profit civil society organization founded in 2010 that operates at the intersection of People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace and Partnership. It runs education and social inclusion programs for vulnerable social groups and facilitates community-based action and grassroots activities on nature and sustainable development, primarily in Athens. Barça Foundation has partnered with Organization Earth since 2017 to deliver sports-based programs for refugees and Greek children. Organization Earth is one of the few Greek NGOs that has permission to enter and deliver services inside refugee camps.