Semaine d'accélération incubateur Sport & Réfugiés



From 18 to 22 of June, 7 projects coming from 7 different European countries have followed an acceleration week, at INSEP Paris and at the Playlab, as part of the Incubation program – Sport & Refugees. This program, co-financed by the European Commission and the Mairie de Paris, was launched for the first time this year on the theme of including refugees through sport. The Playlab, by creating this program, aim at accompanying those who have made an initiative on the social innovation’s field and who have an important potential of replicability. With this support, the projects should have in hand the tools enabling them to increase their impact on a medium term as well as to identify the solutions that would be beneficial to the whole of the sport and social sectors.




Focus on the 7 selected projects, in video


Amongst many applications coming from 15 European countries, 7 projects have been selected to follow our incubation program.



Aniko – Greece > Using soccer as an integration tool is what Aniko does: giving them autonomy by training them to be referees and enabling them to organize their own activities.




Futbol Mas - France > Reestablish self-confidence and confidence towards others: that’s the main challenge of Futbol Mas for the 6 to 17 year-olds kids that they supervise.



Bike Bridge – Germany > Prevent from isolation and encouraging integration by enabling them to swim and ride abike as well as fixing it up it Bike Bridge’s mission for the women refugees of Fribourg.



INSERsport – Spain > Train refugees to be referees or even coaches of one of the 16 different sports offered in the Catalonian Federation in Barcelona.



Kicken Ohne Grenze – Austria > Sustain the sports activities (foot, chess), the formations and internships in firms in the aim of including refugees in the professional world in Vienna.



Liberi Nantes – Italy > Make the women gain their self-confidence back, thanks to sport, before including them in their welcoming country.




The Welcoming – Scotland > Teach women how to swim, with their children, hoping that they’ll gain their self-confidence back.





Relive the incubation week


Composed of 17 workshops and activities, this week aimed at strengthening the action plans of the project leaders through training, ideation, co-creation & collaboration workshops. 19 experts and speakers have led workshops during the week enabling the project leaders to reflect on their strategy, project management, funding, pedagogical methods, communication.



See the full program of the week here 


On Wednesday 20 June, as it was World Refugee Day, some workshops have been organized with refugees. 3 inclusive sport sessions with 39 kids including 15 refugees, as well as an inclusive football tournament with 42 adults including 29 refugees.



The whole open-pitch session from Wednesday afternoon on a Facebook live here 


A summary of the week seen through social media here


The week’s photo album is available here



 Next steps


Remote technical support will be provided as projects implement their action plans in the field. 


The learning and experience gained from the organizations during 2018 will inform an open and transparent reflection on what works well in this field, what is good practice and common pitfalls to avoid – all published in an innovation report.


A final conference will be held in December to enable a collective report about the identified solutions.



Ambassadors, volunteers, speakers… Thank you!


Thanks to Arnaud Assoumani, the sponsor of this first edition, for having been involved this much especially during our workshops at INSEP. Thanks to Emmeline Ndongue as well, PLAY International’s ambassord and the Education project manager of Paris 2024, for being a part of the open pitch jury on Wednesday. Thanks to Harold Correa, Benjamin Compaore and Gauthier Klauss for taking part in the inclusive sport sessions and for playing with the kids there.


Thanks to the 32 volunteers who helped us on Wednesday 20 juin. Thanks to you, the day ran smoothly, even with the heat!


Thanks to the speakers who led the 17 activities and workshops, who passed-on their knowledge and expertise: Ghani Yalouz, INSEP ; Maxime Leblanc, Sport and Citizenship ; Celine Schmitt, UNHCR ; Camille Thomas, Groupe SOS ; Kat Craig, Athlead UK ; Frank Abrial, wrestling division INSEP; Elodie Bouchot, PLAY International ; Marine Petit, INSEP ; Victor Dechelette, INSEP ; Vincent Edin ; Kelly Deuster, Publicis ; Félix Mathieu, SEENK ; Marie-Claude Garneau, Facebook ; Anne-Cécile Gros, Ecole du Pitch ; Valentina Pancaldi, PLAY International Kosovo ; Armelle Daam, chief executive of CNDS; Elisa Yavitch , Les Canaux ; David Blough, PLAY International ; Kevin Goldberg, Groupe SOS ; Axelle Roi, independent fundraiser; Susan Tamondong, UN Women ; Jérémy Lachal, Librairies without Borders; Matt Ruuska, PLAY International.


Thanks to the incubation program’s partners :

Co-financed by the European Commission, the Mairie de Paris, the INSEP

In collaboration with Sport and Dev, Mouvement UP, Sport & Citizenship

The Playlab is supported by the CNDS

An initiative of PLAY International and Groupe SOS Solidarités



Programme semaine d'incubation Sport et Réfugiés

Programme semaine d'incubation Sport et Réfugiés