Location and general information

Location Albania
Start date 02/01/2024
End date 01/31/2025
Cost of the project €155,997
Foundation funding €100,000
Project identifier 20230545
Partners Save the Children
Categories Access to Sport - Children with disabilities - Gender Equality - Healthy lifestyle - Personal development


In Albania, 83% of school children report the unethical behaviour by school staff, including insults, sarcasm and derogatory nicknames. Although there have been considerable changes in child protection law in the past few years, there are still significant issues. Every other disabled child experiences discrimination during play with peers.

Project goals

Help to ensure safeguarding, equity and inclusion in sport for all Albanian children by providing them a safe space to practise sport, be active and develop to their full potential.

Project content

Save the Children will provide tools to improve ways of working and positive models for the inclusion of disabled children. This intervention will enable best practices from previous projects to be embedded in targeted activities on child safeguarding in sport using UEFA modules on safer play for 212 coaches. Six unified sports clubs will be set up based on children’s feedback to include children with disabilities in various sports. A total of 31,454 children will promote safer play and inclusion in sport.

Activity 1.1 Use Safeguarding and Inclusion in Sport and Development package for sports clubs
Activity 1.2 Boost skills and practices of 212 coaches on child safeguarding and inclusion
Activity 1.3 Provide sports equipment
Activity 1.4 Celebrate inclusion and promote ‘safety for every child’ events
Activity 1.5 Conduct surveys on safety and non-discrimination in sport
Activity 2.1 Capacity-building of 60 unified sports coaches
Activity 2.2 Support unified sports teams in six schools
Activity 2.3 Organise football/basketball tournament
Activity 3.1 Draft a safety and inclusion policy
Activity 3.2 Hold a sports festival
Activity 3.3 Hold a final event


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