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Sport Welcomes Refugees Workshop

Wednesday 26 September 2018

About the Workshop:

The workshop will seek to raise awareness with respect to the context for sport and refugees including an introduction to understanding trauma and a look at diversity, culture and understanding discrimination. The Sport Welcomes Refugees workshop will be facilitated by experienced facilitators in the areas of cultural diversity, anti-discrimination and Sports psychology.

Workshop Details:

Date: 17th October 

Time: 19:00 - 22:00 

Venue: Pavillion Conference Centre, University of Limerick

To Register: 

To register your interest in attending this workshop, please email Des Tomlinson at des.tomlinson@fai.ie

Event Speakers:

Alphonse Basogomba

Alphonse Basogomba is the Chairman of Intercultural and Diversity Education Centre Ireland (IDEC-Ireland) has expertise in community development, legal studies and provision of services to Travellers and immigrants including asylum seekers in a variety of local policy contexts. Through IDEC-Ireland, he has developed community trainings and educational platforms that promotes interculturalism and diversity in Ireland. Originally from Burundi (East Africa), Alphonse Basogomba has been living in Ireland for fourteen years; he is polyglot, fluent in English, French, Russian, Burundian, Rwandese and Swahili.

James Carr

Dr James Carr lectures in the Department of Sociology in the University of Limerick. Building on previous scholarly and policy oriented publications, in 2016, James published his book Experiences of Islamophobia: Living with Racism in the Neoliberal Era (London and New York: Routledge) which focused on anti-Muslim racism in Ireland set to the international context. James has published research with the Immigrant Council of Ireland, supported by the Open Society Foundations, entitled ‘Islamophobia in Dublin: Experiences and how to respond,’ the recommendations of which he continue to work on with national and international partners. James is the author of the European Islamophobia Report submissions on Ireland for 2015, 2016, and 2017; and he is the contributor to the Yearbook of Muslims in Europe for Ireland for the same period.

João Esteves

João Esteves is a Clinical Psychologist and Community Intervention Specialist. He has extensive experience in counselling and providing support to people living in disadvantaged and deprived areas. In the last 12 years, Joao worked in various contexts delivering social intervention projects, with children, adolescents, adults and migrants at risk, in very disadvantage areas of Lisbon (Portugal). Most recently led the large community development project funded by the European Union, in the council of Cascais (Lisbon suburb). He is driven by tackling social inequalities, reason why his work also includes empowering communities and stakeholders, creating innovative solutions to support communities to become healthier and better integrated culturally, socially and professionally. In addition to his involvement in the Community Sector (mainly in NGO's), Joao also works as a sports psychologist supporting athletes, coaches/instructors and clubs from different sports disciplines to improve their performance. Recently moved to Dublin (Ireland) and is Co-Ordinating a Social Prescription Pilot Project which aims to improve Health and Wellbeing in South Dublin County Council.  

Desmond Tomlinson

Des originally from London with Jamaican heritage has a long standing interest & professional working background in the area of inclusion through sports, exercise and physical activities. In Ireland Des has worked as the Intercultural Football National Coordinator at the FAI since 2006 with responsibility for the development and implementation of strategies & programmes targeted at increasing participation of people from diverse cultural, national or ethnic minority backgrounds as well as challenging racism/discrimination in football. Des project manages in Ireland actions for sport and inclusion projects co funded by the EU, including the current Sport Welcomes Refugees project which is part of a pan European collaborative partnership in the frame of the Sport Inclusion Network (spin). He has presented at International conferences (Council of Europe) and committees (UN) on sport inclusion & anti-racism. Des has a certificate in sports and leisure studies and a master’s degree from City University of London in exercise, health and behaviour, he holds a UEFA B coaching badge and licence and has been trained as an anti-racism trainer through the former national consultative committee on racism and interculturalism (NCCRI) here in Ireland.


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