Sweden is one of the world´s most sporting nation in relation to its geography and population. More than three million of its inhabitants between the age 6 and 80 are members of sports club – as active competitors, to keep fit or of leaders, trainers or supporters. Some 2.4 million of these are in sports (20015).
Sport in Sweden focuses particularly on youth sports and sport-for-all. Our many voluntary leaders are crucial for our day-to-day activities. There are about half a million leaders in sports movement, the majority of whom the majority are volunteers. The financial value of the annual contribution provides by voluntary leaders is estimated to be EUR 2 billion.
We are a united movement working towards the same vision based on the same values, a vision rooted in all our associations and clubs; Swedish sport – world best. Our value system primarily requires;
- Sport to be fun
- The right of everyone to participate
- Fair play
- Democracy participation
It is the commitment of members that creates activities and develops future sports.
- There are around 20 000 sports clubs in Sweden
What have we done so far in the field of social inclusion?
The year 2015 was allocated increased government resources for working with asylum seekers and newcomers, who recently received a residence permit in Sweden. The funds via the Swedish Sports Confederation (RF) has gone to special sports federations and districts.
The funds will be used to provide good conditions for newly arrived girls, boys, women and men who received a residence permit in Sweden to engage in sporting activities. The sports movement, mainly through the district sports associations and sports clubs, given with the support of funds are able to provide activities and basic introduction to associations for new arrivals. It is important that measures are implemented in the whole country.
In 2014 and 2015 more asylum application have been submitted than in previous year in Sweden. More and more people in the world on the run. Sweden was preparing now for a historical high praise. New grants to civil society - and further expectations of the power that this part of society can mobilize - has its background in these changes and business intelligence.
The additional payment to the sport in 2015 was 32 million Swedish Krona. In October this year paid 23 million Swedish Krona to the district sports federations and 2 million Swedish Krona was distributed to special sports federations. That many now found their way to Sweden meant in turn that the other resources required. In the budget the government in the autumn of 2015 promised a year of SEK 64 million between 2016 and 2018. For 2016, which would also apply to 2017, was awarded the sport a further 20 million to "create meaningful waiting and sports for asylum seekers". As of this writing, the Swedish sports thus SEK 84 million available in working under the year of 2017 with asylum seekers and new arrivals.
Since 2015, work has begun on developing the sports clubs and its activities to open up for asylum seekers and new arrivals. Today's activities are wide ranging from activities in collaboration with asylum housing to open training for all, as well as the opportunity to participate directly in regular activities. In 2016, 1200 associations were granted funds to participate in the work.
Our organisation’s motivation for joining the project is to learn from good practise, share our experiences and participate in the conversation and dialog about how sports can contribute to the establishment and experience of inclusion.
What is our role in the ASPIRE project?
Our role in the project is to participate in the Steering Committee and to be one of the parts in create a "refugee-friendly" quality symbol.
We will also explore ways of creating certain conditions and realise successful processes within sport organisations in order to make sport accessible to everyone, healthy, safe, fair and tolerant. More than that, this Task Force will reveal advantages and benefits that can be harvested through this project; therefore will look for answers to questions such as:
· How to open up organised sport and make it more inclusive for all?
· How to organise sporting activities in more innovative way to provide a chance for everyone to participate without any previous sporting or physical prerequisites?
· How to meet today’s expectations towards organised sport, for example, with regards to enhancing social inclusion, as well as health, volunteering, skills and competences, employment, etc.?
We are also one of the organisation that will organize on of training sessions. The training sessions will include hands-on learning opportunities and introduction to the material. In addition, it will educate and coach facilitators, enhancing their skills and competences in the area of intercultural learning and psychosocial support.
Who is the person involved on behalf of our organisation?
Our person involved in the project is Lillemor Lindell, Coordinator for Sport and Integration on the behalft of our organisation Sweden. Lillemor an the organisation will contribute to the project with;
- Swedish current research in the area
- Swedish sports strategic work for 2025 – Inclusion one of four priority areas, inclusion
- Experience from the extensive work that began in 2015