Sport can help Europe and its Member States to address some of the challenges related to the integration of people from less privileged groups, such as migrants and ethnic minorities.
“Creating a Level Playing Field” has been an EU project on social inclusion of migrants and ethnic minorities in sport steered by the European Non-Governmental Sport Organisation (ENGSO) and granted by the European Commission from its preparatory actions in the field of sport 2010. ENGSO together with 11 partners such as sport organisations, public organisations, specialist organisations and research partners across Europe have been cooperating in this project which officially took place from January 2011 to April 2012. However, the work continues still with e.g. implementing the outcomes.
As a central outcome, key recommendations to politicians and public authorities were adopted. These recommendations will serve as an active support to develop programmes or policies promoting social inclusion in a coherent and sustainable manner. There are two documents of recommendations, one addressed to the decision-makers at the European level and another one to local, regional and national levels. These recommendations will be communicated to the politicians and public authorities by ENGSO and its partners. For example in the beginning of September, ENGSO will meet MEP Emine Bozkurt (S&D, NED), who is a chairwoman of the European Parliament's Anti Racism and Diversity Intergroup. Emine Bozkurt is an active MEP in the field of social inclusion.
Recommendations highlight the importance of including social inclusion as a central theme in different policies and funding opportunities. Those stress also the importance of involving migrants, special needs of migrant women to be taken into account and the importance of diversity management.