The aim of the project TOYS is to tackle racism and discrimination among youth in sport by promoting social inclusion and integration, volunteering and active citizenship.
The topic is particularly relevant due to the recent prevalence of high profile cases of racism and discrimination in the sporting world. To tackle this issue that is evidently also manifested at the local level, a 5-day seminar encompassing numerous activities, debates, discussions and workshops, as well as indoor and outdoor sport activities, will explore the possibility of using sport in youth activities as a tool to challenge racism and discrimination. The seminar will promote values such as volunteering, mutual understanding and cultural diversity among youth; core principles of European citizenship. By promoting these activities and values, TOYS hopes to contribute to the fight against discrimination and racism.
By focusing on youth workers and participants that can have a large multiplying effect, TOYS complies with the Youth in Action 3.1 requirements. Participation of young people, in particular those with fewer opportunities and always mindful of the gender balance, will be ensured, as they are the main target of our initiative. European cooperation, values and principles will be promoted through the involvement of participants from 9 EU and non EU countries, each contributing their own cultural, political, economic and social identities. This will stimulate intercultural learning and diversity and contribute a diverse set of experiences that will help achieve the aims of the project.
TOYS will provide the participants with the skills and best practices to increase the quality and capacity of youth work in dealing with racism and tolerance in youth sport. Volunteering and active citizenship, two of the priorities of the Youth in Action programme, will help support social integration and strengthen communities.