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Exercise and sports for refugees LGBTI*Q

The aim of the project is to encourage LGBTI*Q refugees to engage in sustained physical activity, for example to reduce psychological stress and lead a healthier lifestyle. This can contribute to the participants' better integration into the communities and the city society through sport.

Fugitives are already allowed to use free offers from the club "Seitenwechsel", but so far, the number of participants has been low. We have been able to identify several remaining barriers. These barriers include finding the way to the sports hall, lack of money for tickets, language barriers and being the only refugee in a sports course. Therefore, we would like to build a bridge to club offers in case of a change of sides or other clubs by first creating offers on site and thus giving refugees the opportunity to start with sports and exercise, to reduce fears, to strengthen self-confidence and to feel more balanced physically and mentally. It is our intention to encourage the participants to try out other sports activities in clubs and to inform them which courses are offered in English and German, to give directions and what else is important for them.

Update 12 June 2020
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we could not start the project in April as planned. At short notice we tried to create online offers, these were hardly accepted. On the one hand, the internet connection is only accessible for a part of the residents, the screens of mobile phones were too small to do a sports course well and only being able to advertise an offer digitally was too big a barrier. Therefore, we stopped this attempt after one month. So, we could already work with two trainers and get to know each other. Now we are happy that we can start in July with sports offers that take place outside.

Update 26 july2020

Since 01.07.2020 there is a weekly fitness course in the courtyard of the accommodation. We are very happy that we can finally start and that we could win Robbin as training leader for this course. Robbin comes from a high performance sport background and also lives in the accommodation. The course could take place every Wednesday so far. After the sport we all sit together and talk about the training and much more. This is also an opportunity for project manager, to make contact with people and to motivate the participants to continue their sports activities together with Robbin.

The project is promoted by the Berlin Senate Department for the Interior and Sport (Teilhabeprogramm)