Sport and Physical Activities as Psycho-Social Interventions (SPAPSI)


The use of sport and physical activity in the field of sport and development and in psychosocial programmes. as a means of relieving trauma among populations affected by disasters has increasingly gained recognition, as an element of more holistic and integrated approaches.


The project therefore focuses on the development of a framework for Red Cross staff and volunteers in development and disaster relief projects which will enable them to include sports and physical activities in their psychosocial interventions.


The direct target group of the developed resource will be those young people and adults responsible for facilitating such interventions: organisational staff, volunteers, teachers, social workers, parents and other community members. The primary beneficiaries for the interventions will be vulnerable children and youth, with an anticipated positive impact also on secondary beneficiaries - the carers and other adults in the children’s lives; and other groups identified as vulnerable, e.g. women, men, people suffering from psychosocial problems, persons with disabilities and people living with chronic diseases.


A practical handbook, aimed at humanitarian aid workers, is due to be released in October 2014. It will include background information on psychosocial intervention as well as different guidelines on how to better implement sport and physical activities in practice (activity cards will be available). The English version of the handbook will be the first released and distributed worldwide. It will be available in other languages (French, Spanish and Danish) shortly after. SPAPSI is also working on developing a free web resource and training workshops for development workers.   



Katrin Koenen




Since 2011



International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Psychosocial Centre (Denmark)

Swiss Academy for Development (Switzerland)

Technical University of Munich (Germany)


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