TACKLE was an Erasmus+ Sport project that sought to develop and put forward applied tools and methodologies to help prevent and address racism, xenophobia, and intolerance in grassroots football.

TACKLE actively contributed to combating racism, discrimination and intolerance in sport by putting forward a comprehensive approach to address and assist in rooting out racism in football, specifically in grassroots football. It was working on developing specifically catered training material to educate and empower practitioners (football coaches, manager, trainers) to take concrete action to prevent or address racist behaviours and incidents.

The project brought together a consortium of highly experienced partners who joined forces to research and identify present realities and challenges in grassroots football and formulate structured responses to tackle racism. Moreover, it identified, enhanced, and promoted best practices to prevent and mitigate hate-related issues in grassroots football through the development and implementation of capacity building and awareness-raising activities for football coaches – and related stakeholders- but also wider audiences.


To develop tools and resources that will empower the people working at the forefront of grassroots football to take up an active role in combating all forms of racism.


  • Enhance the awareness and competencies of football coaches and managers in grassroots football to proactively manage and prevent racism, xenophobia and other forms of intolerance
  • Contribute in the prevention & mitigation of racism and xenophobia incidents in grassroots football
  • Enhance awareness of national and transnational football-sports stakeholders as well as the general public about the severe impact of racism on players, grassroots football and sports in general

CARDET is one of the leading research and development centers in the Mediterranean region with global expertise in project design and implementation, capacity building and elearning. CARDET is independently affiliated with universities and institutions from around the world, such as the Yale University, the University of Nicosia and the International Council of Educational Media. CARDET has completed numerous projects relating to the development of capacity building and planning in youth support and empowerment, education and VET, adult learning, literacies, digital tools, eLearning, educational technology, and social integration of marginalised groups.

The CARDET team has successfully participated in more than 200 projects in more than 40 countries, several of which were supported by the European Commission, the United Nations Development Program, Microsoft, The Commonwealth of Learning, international agencies and governments around the world. One of our core-strengths is our ability to carefully plan, implement, execute and evaluate projects in various contexts. The management team is supported by 10 members of the board and advisory board, who are all international veterans in education, business, research, and evaluation

Fare network
Fare network

The Fare network is a European NGO representing organisations that tackle discrimination in football and use football as a vehicle to foster social inclusion and promote diversity. United by the commitment to bring about positive social change, the strength of Fare springs from its diverse membership which comprises over 125 NGOs, youth organisations, human rights organisations, ethnic minority groups, supporters’ groups, amateur and professional football clubs, national football associations in 38 countries. Fare is a social responsibility partner of UEFA and works with FIFA.

Fare acts as platform for its members to connect and address cross-border issues in the field of anti-discrimination, social inclusion, integration, diversity, LGBTIQ+ inclusion, and gender equality across all levels of football.

Fare’s commitment and main objective to tackle discrimination and promote social inclusion through football’s inclusive power is based on the principle that football, as the most popular sport in the world, belongs to everyone and can be used as a tool to further social cohesion by bridging differences and strengthening common aspirations and values. Football should be the right of every person to play, watch and discuss it freely.

Institute of Development
Institute of Development

The Institute of Development was established in 2003. Its vision is to contribute to the improvement of the society’s quality of life through the continuous development of the individual, the family, the human resources of businesses and educational organisations. It conducts research and offers trainings and consulting dealing with societal and organizational challenges. The IoD has been implementing the “ARETI” programme since 2007, which is an education programme in 12 basic life values which form the basis for shaping good character. Also, the Institute of Development, started the programme “Positive Learning” which is concerned with the applications of positive psychology in education. The fundamental goal of the programme is resilience, wellbeing, good character development and achievement for both, teachers and children. It has participated in a variety of EU projects that include applications of positive psychology and character education to support different target groups such as youth, primary and high school students, parents, unemployed and workers.


KMOP is one of the oldest NGOs in Greece with 44 years of experience in supporting vulnerable people through the provision of social services, implementation of social initiatives, education, research and development of know-how on social policy issues. KMOP designs and implements innovative initiatives, aiming to tackle the ongoing challenges in a globalized world.

KMOP’s vision is a world that rests on integrity, tolerance, diversity, equal opportunities, solidarity and human dignity. Over the past 20 years, it has implemented more than 250 international projects, with more than 20,000 beneficiaries. Also, since 2015, KMOP has been implementing its initiative Live Without Bullying , which aims at tackling bullying against children whether online or at school.

Spectrum Research Centre
Spectrum Research Centre

Spectrum Research Centre (SRC) is a not-for-profit research centre established to create a space where research and educational findings can be validated through local actions focused on community impact. We support young academics to trial and test their research hypotheses in ‘living laboratory’ environments. As the company grows, we are committed to providing researchers, trainers, and educationalists with opportunities to give their work and practice a European perspective. The main policy focus areas for SRC are:

  • Social Policy – integration of marginalized groups; unconscious bias and its impact on migrant integration; social media and xenophobia.
  • Environmental Policy – circular economy and habitat protection; carbon neutral tourism; business modelling for circular economies; comedy for climate change.
  • Education Policy – the threat of remote education to university research; serious games for addressing serious issues; cross-sector funding streams for education, gamification as an engagement strategy for digital natives.

SRC is also active in the wider community and due to the expertise in local development within the company it provides consultancy services to a wide range of organizations right across the economic landscape.

UEFA foundation for Children
UEFA foundation for Children

The UEFA foundation for Children aims to help children and safeguard their rights. Sport, and football in particular, can provide support in the areas of health and children’s education, as well as promoting access to sporting activity, facilitating children’s personal development and fostering the integration of minorities.

"We are in a privileged position, and we must make full use of this to help children living in challenging and difficult circumstances".
Aleksander Čeferin, UEFA President.

The foundation, which is a public body governed by Swiss law, began operating on the 24 April, 2015.

University of Pitești
University of Pitești

University of Piteşti (UPIT) is a state university, located in Pitesti (Southern part of Romania, 120 kilometres far from the capital Bucharest). UPIT aims being a dynamic and efficient HE provider in the region. Currently, it is a recipient for approx. 10.000 students from Muntenia region. It has around 700 paid teaching and administrative staff. It consists of 6 different faculties offering Bachelor, Master and Doctor Diplomas. Its objectives are to provide high quality educational, training and research services in order to train specialists in different fields and create an intellectual community accredited by national and international quality agencies.