The main aim of the project, Sport and Psycho-social Initiative for Inclusive Training is to make sports clubs more accessible and welcoming to everyone, with refugees in focus, by developing a framework for humane, inclusive and empowering coaching that nurtures good mental health.


In order to reach this aim, the following key activities have been carried out:

  • The collection, compilation and dissemination of relevant research and useful practical examples in the field of sport and mental health.
  • Developing and promoting recommendations for educating coaches that advance the mental wellbeing of their sports participants.
  • Creating and implementing a coaching framework that presents the academic case for sports and mental health in an accessible manner, and which utilises practical. examples to guide the learner through an educational path.
  • Providing an accessible online learning tool that facilitates the skills development of coaches in a flexible way.

For the full SPIRIT project overview and project outcomes head to our Scientific Resource section here: SPIRIT - Sport and Psychosocial Initiative for Inclusive Training | International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education (icsspe.org)


IO1 Full Systematic Literature Review

This systematic literature review presents an overview of existing research on the topic of sport and mental well-being and in particular on the influence of coaches on the mental wellbeing of athletes in grassroots sport. The document details the literature review process and identifies key concepts and theories around which coaching practice and sport club management should align itself, according to academic research.


Visit the project website to view and download the Systematic Literature Review.

A shorter document provides an overview of the Key Findings of the Literature Review.


IO2 Mapping of Good Practices

The report is based on the systematic literature review and describes good practices with which sports clubs promote mental well-being. Activities range from healthy life habits, mental health skills and inclusion. The good practices, issues raised and results provided by the clubs can be used by other sports clubs who are looking for recommendations to promote mental well-being.  


You can find the Mapping of Good Practices report on the project website.


The project runs from January 2020 until December 2022.