Nowadays, almost during every match we witness situations that see certain players of a team as targets of racist insults or worse, and the recent happenings in Serbia, in the match between Partizan and RAD is just the last example of a long queue of such events. The BRISWA project is an EU-funded project (funded by the ERASMUS+ PROGRAMME - SPORT COLLABORATIVE PARTNERSHIP - GA 2016 - 3060) dealing with the problem of racism in football (and in Sports in general), trying to spread the message of equality among races, genders, religions etc. among football players, especially youngsters, and hence ultimately trying to “kick” racism out of all kind of courts, fields, stadiums and so on.
In order to achieve this, the project will try to reach the following objectives:
- understand the current situation of racism in Europe and identify the main drivers for such a phenomenon
- assess, through a sound scientific approach (System Dynamics Modeling & Simulation) aiming at identifying the most effective policies and strategies against racism, how racist acts can be mitigated and ultimately possibly eradicated from the sport culture
- implement such strategies and policies by starting from the young people, who still do not have a strong social xenophobic bias and hence are most prone, especially in their early ages, to accept different people among themselves, especially when practicing games or sports
- establish what are the skills (psychological, social, etc.) for a new fundamental figure in football teams (and sports teams at large) that will have the important role of early identification of racist drifts in he/his team and thus will ultimately have to put in place preventive and mitigation measures to stop such phenomenon as soon as possible
- disseminate the spirit of equality and avoidance of racist acts
throughout Europe, by trying to build a wide awareness in people of all ages (and especially in young children) through the project various channels (Social media, website, etc.) and also by means of focused sport events, training seminars, project meetings and public workshops/conferences ultimately addressing all kind of discrimination as a threat to the roots of sport itself.