How can Physical Activity Help to Include Refugees?

“Communities and Crisis” Seminar will try to Find Answers
06/14/2016 09:33

ICSSPE will host the 9th edition of “Communities and Crisis – Inclusive Development through Sport“ in Rheinsberg, Germany, from 30th October until 5th November 2016.


“Communities and Crisis” provides participants with unique insights into the use of sport and physical activity for inclusive community building, particularly in areas recently affected by crises. These crises include natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods or tornadoes, as well as human-made crises like civil wars and vulnerable communities. But this year a special focus will be on refugees, their situation within the European countries and potential psycho-social support through physical activity programmes.


Sport, play and physical activity are integral parts to a community building process. Careful design and implementation of such programmes under consideration of cultural diversity, gender and inclusion of all age groups are critical to ensuring positive development and avoid potentially harmful psychological effects. Through this symposium, participants learn to use sport as positive means of physiological and psychological rehabilitation, both through practical, hands-on workshops as well as through theoretical learning sessions. It emphasises the importance of cultural sensitivity and the implementation of appropriate monitoring and evaluation techniques.


The seminar is set to take place at HausRheinsberg, Germany´s first hotel specially designed for patrons with disabilities. The hotel provides an ideal setting to conduct the seminar modules, as well as the opportunity to get to know each other and engage in leisure activities. This includes conference services, a modern sports facility, as well as a swimming pool, sauna, fitness room, and fireplace lounge. The hotel restaurant offers specialties of the region as well as international delicacies. Additional information about HausRheinsberg, including directions, may be obtained at


Registration is open now through the ICSSPE Website.


To register please click here and download the registration form.


To take a look at the draft programme, please follow this link.