Castelo da Feira, Portugal

M4 | Steering Committee

The Steering Committee of the CORPLAY project took place in Santa Maria da Feira (Portugal) on June 26th, 2019.

This meeting was organized and hosted by Rosto Solidario. During the meeting were presented the ME2 and ME3 Multiplier Events; the output O5 - Learning courses models; the debate on the O6 - Open educational resources; presentation of the draft of the O7 - Sport based counter narrative guidelines.

The following steps were decided to continue the project in view of the final meeting.

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Rosto Solidário Campaign

“what’s bugging you” is on the road

On the 24th and 25th of May 2019, CORPLAY campaign “What’s bugging you” travelled to Braga, to attend the II Fórum Missionário da Arquidiocese de Braga: O que nos Une a Todos. About one hundred and fifty people met the bugs while attending the workshops and roundtables at the event.

Feedback from participants – youth workers, education specialists, project managers, volunteers, local community, etc.-  acknowledges that prejudice can in fact trigger discrimination and can be an obstacle to the fulfilment of Human Right for every person, wherever she or he lives!

The Fórum Missionário is an annual event led by Centro Missionário Arquidiocesano (CMAB) to allow knowledge and experience sharing among local and national stakeholders and foster critical thinking and activism to end inequality.

Rosto Solidário Campaign in Gala Desporto

what’s bugging you – the CORPLAY Campaign

On 12th April, in Santa Maria da Feira (Portugal) Rosto Solidário launched the CORPLAY Pilot Campaign, an awareness raising campaign called What's bugging you?.

The event took place during the Annual Sports Gala [see CORPLAY Campaign presentation at 1’01’’] in a close partnership with the Municipality. The Gala gathers together the key local, regional and national sports and education stakeholders and authorities to acknowledge the achievements within different types of sports throughout 2018.

The Campaign What bugging you? consists of a set of seven “bugs” and a poster. On one hand, each "bug" represents metaphorically a type of discrimination that can lead to radicalization, such as: Gender discrimination, Discrimination based on political affiliation and ideology, Ethnic Discrimination, Racial Discrimination, Religion and belief discrimination, Disability discrimination, Social-class discrimination.  On the other hand, the poster brings together all seven bugs and dares people to question perception, unable triggers of prejudice and challenge the drivers of discrimination.

The campaign is based on the findings of the analysis of Stories of Radicalization and Counter-Radicalization collected in Bulgaria, Italy, Greece and Portugal in the end of 2018.

M3 in Athens

M3 | Steering Commitee

The Steering Committee of the CORPLAY project took place in Athens on March 18th, 2019.

The third meeting of the project was organized and hosted by KEAN – Cell of Alternative Youth Activities. During the meeting the first outputs and results were presented: the report on Literature Review; the report on the Stories collected and the study on Sport Skills and societal change.

The following steps were decided, starting from the the analysis of Learning Needs to arrive at the definition of the Training Modules.

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young soccers

face the pressure of the dominant group

details of interview

Role of the Interviewed: Street soccer board member

Age: 33

Gender: male

Nationality: Portuguese

Type of radicalization: nationality based

Historical period collocation: 2013

Date/Country of the Interview: 15/02/2019, Portugal

Interviewer: Rosto Solidário

Rosto Solidario

Have you witnessed or experienced personal situations of radicalization during your activity in sport organizations? What kind of radicalizations have you detected? (Gender, politics, religion, racism, crime, homophobia…)

board member

Yes

Telling your story. What has happened? How has the story started?

In 2013, while my team was participating in a sports competition in Poznan - Poland.
Anytime we go abroad to attend sports competitions we seek to give our young athletes the opportunity to experience other activities that might foster their personal development such as recreational, cultural or educational activities. In this sense we organized a walk with our team members through the historical center of the city allowing them to get to know the historical sites. This was planned to be a normal tour of a group of 12 people, duly equipped and identified as the Portuguese team, waiting to explore a new city, considering that for most of the youngsters this was the first experience abroad.
During the tour we began to hear someone scream at our group. First in an unknown language for us (possibly Polish) and then in English. The group that approached us started by calling some of our youngsters "monkeys", later imitating the body language of the primates and then asked the youngsters if they wanted bananas. As our youngsters stood indifferent to this insults, the attackers raised the level of insults and started to shout that our group should leave their country, continuously stating that we were not welcome.
Throughout this process and as a result of the extensive work of developing personal and social skills with these youngsters, they stayed together, kept walking, looking straight ahead and never replying to any of the insults or taunts.

How did you realize what was going on? What kind of signals could you detect? How do you explain radicalization, referring to your experience?

Initially it was not clear what was happening because the insults were in a language that our group did not understood. When the insults were voiced in English and accompanied by gestures, it became clear what our group was experiencing.
I consider this an example of radicalization considering that the behaviour of the group attacking us was a result of discrimination and prejudice against a race and nationality different from their own, triggered by the fact that our team was having a good performance in the event unlike the host team.

Have you tried to cope with this situation? What was possible to do? What have you done? Have you involved other people/organizations? Who was involved?

At the moment we tried to manage the situation trying to stay as indifferent as possible, pretending to ignore the group that was insulting us and keeping the walk as planned seeking to avoid any kind of physical or verbal confrontation. The fact that the group did not react to insults and provocations at the time doesn’t mean that had no impact over our group youngsters, especially those directly targeted by the insults.
However, as a result of our work with them, the youngsters knew that the insults and provocations they suffered were due to the lack of information and knowledge of the attacking group. The youngsters were accompanied by the whole technical team. The situation was reported to the event organization members and local authorities that did apologize but underestimated anyway the set of happenings.

Did you feel you had the skills to manage this kind of situations? Which was the most difficult part of it? Have you had any form of support?

Yes. We felt that our youngsters responded in the best way, ignoring provocations. Despite the frightening situation, we felt that it was a test on their personal development and their resilience, self-control and self-confidence (as well as the trust in the staff) were crucial.

End of the story. How did the story end up? What have you learned from this personal experience? What would you say to people who are living similar situations?

In fact, the situation has not solved per se. However, as a group we have learned that despite the humiliating experience, particularly for those affected, the support of our youngster’s peers was crucial to avoid that this bad experience has a greater (negative) impact on themselves and their self-esteem. In similar situations we believe that avoiding confrontation is the best. The fact that the aggressors were in a group galvanizes their behaviour and the confrontation can easily escalate to the physical aggression. Therefore, our position and recommendation is that in similar situations, if possible, contact should be avoided and the situation should be immediately reported to the authorities.

Conclusions. Are there other relevant aspects related to (de)radicalization that you want to highlight?

Radicalization, particularly in sports, is often fuelled by peer pressure and a great lack of information/ ignorance. It is therefore essential to foster education for citizenship and to develop with our youngsters the ability to reflect.

young soccers

ignore the provocations against peer pressure

details of interview

Role of the Interviewed: Street soccer board member

Age: 33

Gender: male

Nationality: Portuguese

Type of radicalization: nationality based

Historical period collocation: 2016

Date/Country of the Interview: 15/02/2019, Portugal

Interviewer: Rosto Solidário

Rosto Solidario

Have you witnessed or experienced personal situations of radicalization during your activity in sport organizations? What kind of radicalizations have you detected? (Gender, politics, religion, racism, crime, homophobia…)

board member

Yes

Telling your story. What has happened? How has the story started?

In 2016, while we were participating in a sports competition in Glasgow - Scotland (at the same time that the Euro 2016 cup was being disputed and that Portugal end it up winning – which is relevant as a background for this story.
On our way from the accommodation to the venue where we were going to play, our group of 12 people, duly equipped and identified as being the Portuguese team was approached by a group of locals.
Suddenly a group of locals started to be aggressive and to intimidate us as they spit on our youngsters and insult us saying, for example, that we were Europe's junk and demanding that we return to our country.
Our youngsters became disoriented, frightened and later frustrated that they had been treated in this way.
Staff took them from there as quickly as possible to avoid any further physical aggression by the locals.
Throughout this process and as a result of the extensive work of developing personal and social skills with these youngsters, they kept together and gave support to their peers encouraging them never to respond to any of the insults or taunts.

How did you realize what was going on? What kind of signals could you detect? How do you explain radicalization, referring to your experience?

Everything happened really fast and intensively so when we realized what was happening, it was already over. The intensity of the situation became clear when we saw fear in our youngsters face.
I consider this an example of radicalization considering that the behavior of the group of locals approaching us was a result of discrimination and prejudice against a nationality different from their own, triggered by the fact that our team was having a good performance in the event unlike the host team (who had been defeated by Portugal).

Have you tried to cope with this situation? What was possible to do? What have you done? Have you involved other people/organizations? Who was involved?

We took our youngsters from the place as soon as possible, fearing physical aggressions by the group of local inhabitants. The fact that our group did not react to the insults and provocations does not mean that it did not have an impact on group members, because in fact they were afraid, frightened and in the end revolted by the situation that they had experienced. However, as a result of our work with them, the youngsters knew that the insults and provocations they suffered were due to the lack of information and knowledge of the attacking group. The youngsters were accompanied by the whole technical team. The situation was reported to the event organization members and local authorities which end it up underestimating it taking into consideration the context in those days (Brexit, Euro cup).

Did you feel you had the skills to manage this kind of situations? Which was the most difficult part of it? Have you had any form of support?

Yes. We felt that our youngsters responded in the best way, not reacting to the provocations. Despite the frightening situation, we felt that it was a test on their personal development and their resilience, self-control and self-confidence (as well as the trust in the staff) were crucial.

End of the story. How did the story end up? What have you learned from this personal experience? What would you say to people who are living similar situations?

In fact, the situation was not resolved and the aggressors certainly kept having similar attitudes. However, as a group we have learned that despite the humiliating experience, particularly for those affected, the support of our youngster’s peers was crucial to avoid that this bad experience has a greater (negative) impact on themselves and their self-esteem. In similar situations we believe that avoiding confrontation is the best. The fact that the aggressors were in a group galvanizes their behaviour and the confrontation can easily escalate to the physical aggression. Therefore, our position and recommendation is that in similar situations, if possible, contact should be avoided and the situation should be immediately reported to the authorities.

Conclusions. Are there other relevant aspects related to (de)radicalization that you want to highlight?

Radicalization, particularly in sports, is often fuelled by peer pressure and a great lack of information/ ignorance. It is therefore essential to foster education for citizenship and to develop with our youngsters the ability to reflect.

call for stories

call for stories

Radicalization has been defined as the social and psychological process of increasing commitment to extremist political or religious ideology. Radicalization is thought to occur during adolescence or shortly afterwards among young adults who are impressionable and seek to resolve personal negotiations of identity. Typically adolescence is a period of maturation in which young people experiment with their identity, group relationships, political ideologies and their place in the world.

We launched a CALL FOR STORIES to collect experiences in order to comprehend what radicalization is and how it can happen at grassroots sport level,  understanding which capacities and competences should be upgraded at grassroots level for a better use of sport in facing societal challenges.

The stories collected have been published at this link, as a contribution to the development of the CORPLAY educational resources and to the construction of a “counter-narration”, helping to set up the tools and guidelines useful to respond to learning needs.

 

call for stories launched by project partners

OPA – Bulgaria

OPA call for stories

web and email campaign
June 2018

KEAN – Greece

KEAN call for stories

public event
September 2018

USMA – Italy

USMA call for stories

public event
October 2018

ROSTO SOLIDARIO – Portugal

ROSTO SOLIDARIO call for stories

web and email campaign
October 2018

Multiplier event 1 - PD

ME1 | Sport and radicalization – call for stories

USMA call for stories

5.10.2018 - PADUA, Italy

The event took place at the Univerisity of Padua and involved students, researchers and project partners. It was a good opportunity to frame the topic of the relation between radicalization, de-radicalization and sport. The situation in five european countries was presented and to gain knowledge on the theme and on the complex dynamics to be addressed, the call for stories was launched.

The conference contributions are downloadable here

Meeting in Padua

M2 | Steering Committee

The Steering Committee of The Project took place in Padua, Italy on October 5th, 2018.

It was organized by USMA and it was held at the Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Pedagogy and Applied Psychology (FISPPA) - University of Padua, which collaborates with USMA in the development of scientific studies.

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Kick off meeting in Athens

M1 | Kick off meeting

The Kick off meeting of the CORPLAY project took place in Athens on April 10th, 2018.

The Kick-Off Meeting of the project “CORPLAYCounter Radicalization, PLAY sportwas held on 10th April 2018, in Athens – Greece and was organized and hosted by KEAN – Cell of Alternative Youth Activities. The Meeting took place in the “Europe Direct - City of Athens” in “SERAFIO”, which constitutes the Sports Culture & Innovation Centre of the Municipality of Athens, hosting sport services, cultural activities, open workshops and initiatives of social and technological innovation.

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