The project: History and context

The FIRE Project, which was selected by the European Union’s Erasmus+ programme for a duration of 24 months (2019-2020), builds on the remarkable contribution that football has played over the last years in favour of social integration of this target group. It aims at promoting inclusion, participation, socialisation and access to sport for asylum seekers, refugees and migrants. Its objective is to support grassroots football organisations in the project’s partner countries (and beyond) by creating partnerships and fostering knowledge exchange. It will share, develop, inspire and disseminate good practices and approaches, producing an innovative training tool in form of a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) targeted at grassroots organisations.

The project is coordinated by the reputed think-tank Sport and Citizenship, a long-standing partner of the EU-Asia Institute, who published a position paper on the issue as early as in 2015. ESSCA is the only higher education institution represented in the consortium, which includes six civil society organisations. The EU-Asia Institute is represented by Albrecht Sonntag, but ESSCA is also present in the Institute of Advanced Pedagogy, drawing on its competence and know-how in developing the planned training tool.

Project coordinator


Dr Albrecht SONNTAG, ESSCA & EU*Asia Institute

Project partners