Youth Sport speaks out on TabooPhobia - Developing a youth led campaign to challenge homophobia in and through sport

Context of the study session

Aim
To explore sport as both a player in perpetuated homophobia and an opportunity to play together and encourage youth to step away from this current dichotomy through a campaign or tool.

Background
ENGSO Youth has noted a wide intolerance and discomfort surrounding the topic of homophobia through the past trainings and experience within the sport movement.
Research confirms 48% of the EU´s population (Eurobarometer 263 “Discrimination in the European Union”) believes that homosexuality is still a taboo and as stated in the Norwegian NOC´s Sport Policy Document 2007-2011 homophobia is an extremely difficult topic to tackle: “lesbians, gays and bisexuals are – differing from many other minorities – an invisible group. And that is therefore an extra challenge to contribute to dissemination of knowledge and information in order for this group to be fully accepted within sports.”

ENGSO Youth believes there is a strong need to address this alienation within youth sport with a vision of a wider impact. Through this session ENGSO Youth together with 35 other young people aims to tackle discrimination and foster a truly inclusive European youth sector. As one of the main problems to inclusion is often perception, ENGSO Youth would like to engage young people not only to challenge this discrimination within the participants, but use their combined knowledge from the study session to launch a youth campaign targeting sport organisations, clubs, youth workers, or any other target group that the participants deem important.

The Study session is taking place in Budapest parallel to the Eurogames (the Annual European Gay & Lesbian Championships) which offer the perfect opportunity to put into practice the planned campaign.

 

The objectives of the study session are

  • To explore the concept of social inclusion, challenge its limitations in terms of access and promote sport as a tool for social change
  • To share practices on inclusion of homophobia in and through sport
  • To promote a new, fun, creative approach to youth, sports and homophobia
  • To create and develop a visual impacting awareness-raising campaign challenging homophobia in sport

 

 

Practical details of the study session

Organisers:
ENGSO Youth (European Non-Governmental Sports Organisation Youth) www.youth-sport.net


Date:
Arrival: Sunday, 24th of June until 6 p.m.
Departure: Sunday, 1st of July after breakfast
Co-financed by: The Youth Department of the Council of Europe
Venue: The European Youth Centre in Budapest, Hungary:
Zivatar utca 1-3., H-1024 Budapest

Both the study session and the accommodation will be in the same building. The homepage of the European Youth Center in Budapest: http://www.coe.int/t/dg4/eycb/About/eycb_en.asp#TopOfPage

 

Number and Profile of participants:

ENGSO Youth will welcome a total of 35 young participants who are:

  • leaders active in the youth sector and the sport sector
    marginalized because of gender based and sexual discrimination
  • interested in using sport for social inclusion, especially the inclusion of young marginalized people
  • interested in the European context of social inclusion through sports
  • leaders working with or interested to work with young people who are facing discrimination based on sexual orientation involved in voluntary work at a local, regional and/or national level;
  • interested in raising awareness and challenging the current homophobic environment present in sport
  • interested in developing a campaign for sport as social change
  • interested in developing creative methods of inclusion through and with sports

ENGSO Youth wishes to receive applications from both female and male applicants, with different cultural and educational backgrounds from 18 to 35 years old. The European Youth Centre Budapest is accessible for wheelchair-users and three bedrooms are adapted. All the applicants are expected to be able to communicate in English during the study session.

Participation fee and travel costs:
There will be an enrolment fee for the participants of 50 € (that will be deducted from your travel reimbursement). The Department of Youth of the Council of Europe covers the costs of accommodation and travelling. The cheapest public transport is to be used. Travel costs will be reimbursed at the study session on the basis of the least expensive route between the place of residence and Budapest. In order to receive travel reimbursement, all receipts and boarding passes must be handed in.

Application:
Applicants need to fill in the application form online and answer the questions. In order to be as cost efficient as possible, we urge participants to send their applications as soon as possible, by the very latest until Tuesday, 1st of May 2012.

 

 

Provisional Programme for the study session

Sunday, 24th of June 2012 
Arrival until 6 p.m. /Welcome Evening / Getting to know each other

Monday 25th June 2012
Morning Sport Activities/ opening and setting frame / Introduction / Expectations / Team building game / Common understanding of concepts / Sport focus / Role of youth / Experience exchange

Tuesday, 26th of June 2012
Morning Sport Activities / Getting to a common understanding of concepts: Inclusion / Exclusion / Barriers to homophobia in sport? / Critically analyzing strengths and weaknesses of sports regarding homophobia / Looking at social inclusion possibilities; how to create social inclusive sports?

Wednesday 27th June 2012
Morning Sport Activities / Towards inclusion, re-conceptualizing through the future workshop what changes could be made in sport in an ideal world to reality / Practical implementation and presentation of inclusive sports / Feedback, reflection and suggestions for improvement

Thursday 28th June 2012
Morning Sport Activities / Creating and collecting a “tool-tank” on possibilities to develop an effective campaign

Friday 29th June 2012
Morning Sport Activities / Guest Speaker / Developing the campaign to challenge homophobia in sport / Presentation and Feedback / Action production stage or Amendments, finalising the document and typing up

Saturday 30th June 2012
Morning Sport Activities / Presentation and Feedback / Implementation of outcomes strategies / Next Steps / Document dissemination / Conclusions and Evaluation / Farewell-Networking

Sunday 1th July 2012
Departure after breakfast

 

 

About the organiser, ENGSO Youth

ENGSO Youth is the youth organisation of ENGSO (European Non-Governmental Sport Organisation) with 40 national umbrella organisations of sport as members from across Europe.

ENGSO Youth’s underlying values and principles:

  • Education through sport: Physical Activity is not just a public health issue, it benefits society by increasing social interaction and community engagement and offers numerous possibilities for non-formal education and inclusion.
  • Co-determination, democratic participation and inclusion: Young Europeans can be unique agents of social change; they should be involved on all levels of the European social environment.
  • Equal access to health and well-being for all young Europeans regardless of their economic and social status.

ENGSO Youth has for mission to:

  • Provide support, advice and guidance for members who want to establish their own youth structure.
  • To work in partnership with the European Union, the Council of Europe and other European organisations to represent the voice of youth sport
  • Provide up to date communications and good practise to all member organisation.


Contact:


ENGSO Youth
Berlin Office of German Sport
Behrenstr. 24
10117 Berlin
Phone: +49 - (0)30 -200 75 79 30
Email:  info(at)youth-sport.net
www.youth-sport.net

 

 


ENGSO Youth
Berlin Office of German Sports
Behrenstr. 24
10117 Berlin (Germany)

Tel.: +49 30 / 2 00 75 79 30
Fax: +49 30 / 2 00 75 79 19
E-Mail: info@youth-sport.net


ENGSO Youth gratefully acknowledges financial support from the Youth in Action-programm (European Commission). This publication reflects only the view of ENGSO Youth. The European Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.