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Languages meet sport


“Languages meet Sport” is a project supported by the Lifelong Learning Programme that uses the communicative power of sport to promote linguistic diversity and multilingualism. Since 2009, three editions of the annual Festival have been organised and brought together over 100 European projects combining language learning and sport: two powerful tools for education, mutual understanding and intercultural dialogue.

Schools, universities, sport clubs and media companies have presented their programs and best practices, thus revealing the surprising mosaic of languages and cultures that co-exist in sports. During these years many stories of sport and languages have been told and can be used as best practices, for example the ARSENAL Double Club language learning through football program, the INTER Campus solidarity programme that gives poor children in the world the right to play. UEFA presented the TV Spot “Different languages one goal” – broadcasted during the Champions League matches – and MTV NEWS highlighted their programme telling stories of ordinary inclusion through sport. The Italian Under 17 Cricket National proudly presented the victories of their team formed almost exclusively by Pakistani, Bengalese and Indian immigrants, a team that maybe anticipates the future of European National formations.

The next “Languages meet Sport” edition will be focused on active ageing: during the 2014 event senior associations and master sport clubs will be invited to take part in a language and sports kermesse to share their passion for sports and movement in many languages.

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