CEF Can Mir will participate in a European integration project young migrants through sport


The Erasmus+ programme aims to help break down the barriers that prevent immigrants from developing a normal life in Europe, often leading them towards situations of social exclusion.

CEF Can Mir will participate in a European integration project young migrants through sport

The Erasmus+ programme will be led by the Rubí City Council and will count with the participation of four other members from different countries, including Can Mir Football School Club.

The European Union will support the BRACE (Breaking baRriers to migrating social intEgration through football) initiative to develop a project for the social integration of young migrants through football. This project has meant that the Rubí City Council receives a grant within the ERASMUS+ program of the EU. 

The BRACE initiative will be led by the municipal corporation and will have the involvement of four other partners:

  1. The Can Mir Football School Club in Rubí,
  2. The Associazione Sportiva Bresso 4 of Italy,
  3. The KCS Machelen club in Belgium and
  4. The Higher Institute of Gestao of Portugal.

The project aims to help break down the barriers that prevent people from immigrants develop a normal life in Europe, often leading them to situations of exclusion.

"We know that sport alone cannot address all the problems that immigrants face but, combined with other measures, it does have great potential to facilitate its integration. We could say that it is a universal language that unites, regardless of origins, background, religion or economic situation," said the mayor, Ana María Martínez Martínez

In this sense, the Can Mir Football School Club launched in August 2019 a project of reception and integration with children from different reception houses, both in Rubí and in the province of Barcelona, and we have the recognition of different public and private institutions in Catalonia as a pioneering project.

The Club currently has 2  football teams, Juvenil, that bring together 23 players.

Within the BRACE project, all the organizations involved will have a space to share their experiences working with immigrants, and especially with unaccompanied minors and refugees, through football. The idea is to be able to exchange knowledge and methodologies that allow them to improve the projects that have assets and make them applicable in other municipalities.

The BRACE project will be developed for a whole year and will include several activities:

  1. First transnational meeting in Brussels (Belgium) to be held analyse the current situation of migrants, refugees and minors not accompanied by the European Union;
  2. A second meeting in Bresso (Italy) in which the experience of Associazione Sportiva Bresso 4 will be announced and will be discussed on new ways of achieving the social inclusion of vulnerable people through football;
  3. Third meeting in Lisbon (Portugal) where the Instituto Superior de Gestao will offer a seminar on how to break the economic barrier suffered by immigrants and refugees; and
  4. A last meeting in Rubí that will include awareness-raising days in schools, a workshop on how to apply the project, a cultural exchange between players, coaches and representatives of the collaborating organizations, and the contribution of the experience and conclusions of the Can Mir Football School Club in this area.

In these days there will also be different football tournaments where young people in each of the countries will participate.

In parallel with these meetings, work will be done on the elaboration of a document of good practices, which will gather the experiences of the members but also tips and suggestions on how to apply these actions and how to promote the social inclusion of immigrants through football.

Rubí City Council will be in charge of coordinating the execution of the BRACE project thanks to its previous experience in the management of European funds and all the work carried out in the field of social inclusion, sport and youth. As the leader of the initiative, one of its functions will be to promote the creation of a network of local authorities that support social inclusion in sports clubs.

The Can Mir Football School Club will be one of the great assets of the project since, as we indicated, it has been developing its own social inclusion initiative with unaccompanied minors for 3 years and, previously, it had already launched another project of activities aimed at refugee families.

The number of young participants in this welcome and inclusion project has increased year after year in a very significant way and has the collaboration of the reception houses managed by the Solidarity Initiatives Foundation and the ISOM Cooperative (Social Integration of Minors).

ASD Bresso 4 is a grassroots sports club located in Bresso, near Milan, which stands out for its inclusive vision of sport. His projects include Panafrica United, which uses football to support refugees from different countries in sub-Saharan Africa. In 2018, she also collaborated in the Red Cross AVAIL-EU AMIF initiative, aimed at the integration of refugees and asylum seekers. 

KCS Machelen is a regional football club from the Brussels region that enhances its educational aspect, taking advantage of the linguistic and multicultural diversity it brings together. It currently implements a foreign language incentive for children to learn Dutch by participating in weekly training, matches and national competitions. 

The fifth partner of the BRACE project is the ISG Business &Economics School, a reference school in the context of economics and business education in Portugal that regularly works with several universities, within the Lufosona group. The ISG brings to the project its experience in environmental corporate social responsibility, social life cycle and life cycle costing, planning and implementation of high-level education and academic curriculums. 

For the Can Mir Football School Club, the possibility of participating in this European experience is a qualitative leap and a recognition of the experience that the entity has treasured during 3 years of work with the children and young people in foster care, which place the Club as a reference entity in the country in this matter.