INCLUDE project puts forward a comprehensive program, involving research, direct action and the development of learning resources, to educate and support coaches, executives and staff of sport academies working with young athletes (12-18 years old) so that they can actively contribute in tackling discrimination in youth sports.

INCLUDE focuses on promoting inclusion and diversity by taking concrete action to tackle existing barriers linked to discrimination in the field of youth sport. Additionally, its scope, proposed actions and deliverable will make a meaningful contribution to an array of the priorities set by the Erasmus+ programme in the field of sport. Namely, the project will work towards combating violence and tackling racism, discrimination and intolerance in sport and to promote integrity and values in sport by helping improve good governance in sport and promoting the positive values of sport.

Aims & Objectives

Our specific objectives through this project are:

  • Study, analyze and document the needs, challenges as well as effective approaches and practices observed ‘on the ground’ in regard to inclusion and tackling discrimination in the implementing countries and across the EU
  • Elevate youth academies’ officials, coaches and support staff’s knowledge and understanding of the issues of diversity, integration, human rights and bullying as well as the forms of violence.
  • Present sport professionals, coaches and stakeholders in the field of youth sport with tactics and approaches to identify and address misdemeanant behaviors and incidents of discrimination an violence by or towards their young (12-18 years old) athletes
  • Raise awareness on discrimination in sport and its adverse effects on children as well for the need for action to promote social inclusion, diversity and equal opportunities in the field
  • Strengthen the cooperation between institutions and organizations active in the field of sport and support the sharing of good practices in combatting violence and tackling discrimination.
  • Offer learners an interactive learning experience through the use of innovative and engaging approaches and tools, including gamified features


Project Management, quality assurance & evaluation

Discrimination in Youth Sport: Realities, Challenges & Best Practices’ Report

Blended Learning Curriculum and Toolkit

Gamified eLearning Platform

Dissemination & Exploitation


The work and actions of the INCLUDE project will be based on an evidence-based, impact oriented approach. The project team will utilize its multidisciplinary expertise and experience as well as its wide network of contacts and associates towards the implementation of a carefully designed project plan that involves a step-by-step process that will lead to more thorough conception of the field and transferrable resources and tools to support its target groups. This is a process that will be relying on scientific approaches deriving from social sciences, education and pedagogy, sport psychology and sport sociology. The project will also benefit extensively by the implementing partners’ expert knowledge and experience as well as their network of contacts in the field.

Consecutively, it will develop a curriculum and toolkit to educate and support trainers/coaches and grassroots executives in identifying and tackling discriminatory behaviors in or addressing their athletes and teams, composed of young athletes aged 12-18 years old.

Specifically, the following approaches-methodologies will be utilized for the development of each of the deliverables of the project:

  • ‘Youth Sport: Realities, Challenges & Best Practices’ Report
  • Training Programme (Curriculum & Toolkit) for coaches
  • eLearning Platform
  • Dissemination & Communication


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