Recognition for the champions of inclusive sport
Updated: Dec 9, 2019
On 21 November 2019, the #BeInclusive EU Sport Awards Gala was held in Brussels. The event celebrated those organisations that use sport as a powerful tool for breaking barriers and building a more inclusive society.
Participation in the Gala for Mr. Tibor Navracsics was the last commitment as Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport. In his speech, he highlighted the important role sport can play in social inclusion and mutual understanding:
“Transcending social barriers and even languages, sport allows us to build and share a unique sense of belonging”, said Mr. Navracsics.
Nine finalist organisations were present at the Gala, and three of them went home as the winners of the #BeInclusive EU Sport Awards 2019. However, at this Gala, everybody won! The winners took home €10,000 each, while the finalists' work was recognised by €2,500 each.
The winners of the #BeInclusive EU Sport Awards:
Etnoliga, Fundacja dla Wolności (Poland)
Community Sports Coaching Programme, Irish Prison Service (Ireland)
The Sanctuary Runners (Ireland)
Kaisa Larjomaa, our Secretary General, took part in the event and was inspired by the ground-breaking work of all the finalists:
“All the nominees present prime examples on how sport can bring people of all backgrounds together. All of them deserved their place in the spotlight, and I would like to congratulate them on their great work. I also want to thank Commissioner Navracsics for his work to highlight the role of sport in society through the different initiatives he has promoted, boosting the capacities of the sport movement to further enhance inclusivity”, says Ms. Larjomaa.
Mr. Navracsics and Ms. Larjomaa at the Gala. Click on the arrow to the right to see all the winners.
You can watch a short movie about the Gala by clicking here.