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Four ISCA Awards will be presented in 2021 to recognise organisations and individuals who have delivered good practices in Integration of Refugees Through Sport (IRTS).

IRTS Cross-Sector Partnership

For a local, regional, national or international entity that wants to have an impact in the integration of refugees through sport, creating partnerships is the key to achieving a bigger impact. We believe that success for IRTS lies in cooperation. We are looking for IRTS partnerships of stakeholders from different sectors including sport, health, leisure, education, social, humanitarian, cultural, corporations and community organisations. We look for partnerships that have documented results.

Integration of Women and Girl Refugees Through Sport

To make change, women’s voices need to be heard. We are looking for programmes of empowerment activities or networks that support refugees and asylum-seeking women and girls to develop their confidence and skills (also) through sport. This can be in the shape of a welcoming and supportive space in which women/girls can meet peers and begin to rebuild their lives, whether through sport, culture, or learning a new language.

IRTS innovation during Covid-19

As the world endures the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the multiple benefits of sport to individuals and society have become more evident than ever. Sport and physical activity remain key tools in overcoming the difficulties of the pandemic by providing opportunities to build resilience, boost mental health and offer hope, among refugees in particular. We are looking for programmes or networks that, during 2020 and 2021, have adapted and innovated activities to address the challenges and evolving needs in societies hit by the pandemic. 

IRTS Role model (citizens' choice)

We will award a person who is making a difference in the integration of refugees through sport in communities, schools, sport clubs or workplaces. We are looking for a person who is demonstrating leadership and taking action to address inclusion challenges, discrimination, and helping to create more inclusive societies. This category is relevant for anyone who is dreaming big and pushing boundaries to make a difference, and there are many forms this could take. For example, an IRTS Role Model could be working with refugees in support of their integration in a sport club, local community or a pathway to meaningful employment. IRTS Role Models can be refugees or citizens in the host country.