AN INNOVATIVE SPORTS PROJECT TO PREVENT EXTREMISM AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE
The SPEY project has begun the process of implementing an innovative socio-sports program based on scientific evidence to prevent the radicalization of young people. The program, designed by a group of experts in the fields of psychology, education and sport, and by academics studying the processes of radicalization, will begin testing next September in a hockey group. in Terrassa, with the active participation of the Catalan Hockey Federation and the City Council of the city of Vallès.
SPEY, a project with 7 partners from 8 different countries, is led by the UFEC and co-financed by the European Commission, aims to create and develop this socio-sports program to prevent the process of adopting any type of attitude or behavior extremists in young people. Also, through the application of the scientific method, it wants to develop evaluation indicators capable of measuring the efficiency of extremism prevention programs and a manual of good practices that can serve as a tool for the different countries of the rest of Europe.
Currently, the French think tank ICSSPE has reviewed the literature of the different projects executed throughout Europe and, at the same time, researchers from the University of Córdoba are evaluating the activities of the program. That is, everything is ready for participants to test the program this September in Terrassa. After the hockey group, it will be followed by basketball in Badalona (end of the year) and football in Sant Adrià del Besós (early 2021).