Webinar: Levelling the Playing Field: Building Equality and Inclusion with Sport
January 30, 2013
Learn how two youth-focused programs in Greenwich (UK) and Montreal (Canada) are using the power of sport and games to cultivate cross-cultural understanding, empathy, equality and fair play. Sport and recreational activities have enormous potential to build bridges between communities. Team sports, in particular, help develop social networks, forge friendships, and overcome differences by promoting mutual understanding.
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Use sport/games to illustrate teamwork and a participatory approach to problem solving
The Play It Fair (PIF) program promotes fair play in games by creating concrete experience for youth to understand inclusion, tolerance, cooperation, and respect for diversity. For example, they promote a different version of musical chairs. When the music stops, a chair is removed, but instead of excluding a player, the children have to cooperate together to include all the children in the activity. The children have to work together to figure out how everyone can share and develop a sense of fair play.
Find strategic partners whose mission aligns with yours to help your program grow
Both programs, PIF and CARE rely on the efforts of partners to deliver and expand their work to new audiences. CARE’s partnership with the local professional football club was instrumental in bringing in-kind resources and bringing in a celebrity football player as a champion for the project, which instantly boosted participation rates. PIF partnered with the City of Montreal’s Parks & Recreation programming as part of the city’s vision and response to its growing diversity. Having the City as a key champion gave PIF the credibility to expand into other local jurisdictions.
Engage key partners in the monitoring and evaluation process as part of the stakeholder engagement strategy
All programs need to show their impact to partners and funders, but also need to maintain multi-level buy-ins from stakeholders. Integral to CARE’s work is a standard monitoring and evaluation system used to collect data and measure against key targets in the program including the use of exit interviews, focus groups, questionnaires, and case studies. The monitoring and evaluation process allows CARE to make necessary interventions and adjustments to the program, but always in consultation with their partners to ensure targets are being met through a collaborative process.
Amy Cooper, Education Specialist, Equitas, Montreal
Ruth Morrison, Program Officer, Equitas, Montreal
Dr. Michael Seeraj, Programme Manager, Charlton Athletic Race and Equality Partnership (CARE), Greenwich
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