Play International is launching a call for projects targeting individuals and organisations that use sport as a tool to increase the inclusion of refugees in order to participate to its Playlab Incubator Program.


Download the call for projects, the annex guide and the application form here

Application online here 



The key objective is to identify and support half a dozen individuals or organisations that are innovating in this field with emerging projects. Through an intensive weeklong workshop and tailored in-field support, the short-term goal, is to increase their impact – reach more people, be more sustainable or increase effectiveness.


PLAY International seeks projects responding to specific social needs thanks to social innovation. They also may get a potential of replicability to be adapted in different contexts.


The learning and experience gained from the organisations 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 a report.



Sport can be a powerful medium for social cohesion and bringing about change


PLAY International uses sport as a psychosocial tool for prevention, social inclusion and reconstruction. In Burundi for instance, PLAY International worked alongside UNDP in rural villages where tensions existed between local and returnee populations. Experienced animators organized daily social-sporting activities for 4,000 returnee children. As a result, prejudices and discriminatory behaviour have reduced.


There are many other programs for refugees that demonstrate the potential of sport for social inclusion, conflict resolution, education and health promotion.


This incubator will allow us to identify emerging initiatives and accelerate their impact in order to implement concrete, relevant and collective responses. Also create a catalyst for new models that can be adapted for other contexts.


The incubator reaches Playlab values based on collaboration and sharing experiences and knowledges, because social innovation is a collective sport.



Key dates :


22 March – Launch call for proposals | Sofia, Bulgaria


29 April – Closing of call of projects


25 May – Selected projects announced


18 to 22 June – 10 days of exchange and learning workshops, providing selected projects opportunities to develop the necessary skills to implement high quality projects, independently and sustainably | Paris, France


July to November – Technical support and stories from the field


December – Final conference and launch of report identifing good practice, lessons learnt and providing recommendations – focussing on the innovations at the heart of each project | Paris, France



Funded by :


European Commission



In partnership with :



Sport and Citizenship

UP Mouvement



The Playlab is supported by the CNDS

PLAY International is a Groupe SOS Solidarités association



 Download the call for projects, the annexe guide and the application form here



Call for projects - Sport and refugees

Call for projects - Sport and refugees

Les 7 porteurs de projet de l'incubateur Sport et Réfugiés

Les 7 porteurs de projet de l'incubateur Sport et Réfugiés