ASPIRE updates

Since the beginning of 2019 the #ASPIREsportEU project team has run three training sessions; in Belgium, in Germany and most recently in Greece.

29 January 2019, Belgium

Sports Flanders Agency teamed up with Minor-Ndako to host the first ASPIRE sport training session in 2019.

The session, organised at the Dossin Kazerne, which served as a detention centre for people destined for concentration camps during World War II, was opened by Philippe Paquay of Sport Flanders Agency and the CEO of Kazerne Dossin, Christophe Busch.

Philippe Paquay speaking at the Belgian training session

One of the keynote speakers was Raheleh Asemani - Iranian-born taekwondoka who chased her dream to participate in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and Mohamad Jarkas, FIFA football referee from Syria.

Read more about the Belgian training session here.

30-31 January 2019, Germany

“Inspire and get inspired” – has been the motto of the ASPIRE training session in Germany, co-organised by the German Olympic Sports Confederation and the Swedish Sports Confederation.

As Germany and Sweden experience similar migration tendencies and share similar organisational structure, the two-day event had the aim to enable exchange of good practice and know-how among project leaders and sport administrators from national and regional sport federations.

Participants and organisers of the training session in Germany

Read more about the training session in Germany here.

19 February 2019, Greece

The third ASPIRE training session of 2019 was held at the Olympic Velodrome in Athens. The training was co-organised by the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sport and the General Secretariat of Sports.

The General Secretariat of Sports has invited representatives of all bodies active in sport. The session was joined by policy-makers, sport and political authorities: Deputy Minister of Culture and Sport, Mr. Giorgos Vassiliadis, General Secretary of Sport, Mr. Julios Synadinos, General Secretary of Immigration Policy, Mr. Miltiadis Klapas, Special Secretary for Crisis Management Communication, Ms. Fotini Pandiora, General Secretary of the Hellenic Olympic Committee, Mr. Manolis Kolymbadis, representative of the International Organization for Migration's Office in Greece, Ms. Claudia Samaras.

Participants of the Greek training session

Read more about the Greek training session here.

The ASPIRE project continues with the Bulgarian training session on 2nd April 2019 in Sofia, while the ASPIRE final conference will be held on 14th June 2019 in Frankfurt. You can learn more about the conference here and register to it here.