Being aware of discrimination and racism in society is always important, especially considering growing support for nationalist parties in Europe.


1. Participants will have an idea of how discrimination feels like.
2. Participants will have enhanced their idea of what tolerance is and why it is good.

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Length of the session


Number of participants


Age of participants

12 -14


- Enough cones / bottles - 3-6 balls (depending on group size) - Gym or safe space

Required knowledge, skills and preparation of the trainer

• Deep understanding of what discrimination, racism, tolerance and respect is • Experience in leading reflections

Involvement of the participants in the preparation and delivery of the session

Session plan

Session plan

Warm up (10')


- 2-6 children are the chasers
- A caught child makes a bridge: legs wide, arms stretched to the sides
- Children can free others by crawling through their legs
- The chasers win if they catch all the children within 3 minutes
- If not, the children win
- Add 2-5 balls: if a ball is pass through someone’s legs and received by another person, a child is free again
- To provide a fun and easy start into a rather serious session
- To activate them and/or to make them spend energy, more relaxed and more open for discussions



First half (25')


Horse Race (illustration of discrimination)
• Teams of about 4 players with 1 ball and 1 "horse" (a cone or anything else to hit) per team
• Teams stand next to each other and line up at their bases where they shoot from
• The "horse" starts in about 5m distance at the "starting line". A line of 8 markers indicates the "steps" the horse can do.
• The first players of the teams shoot the ball. If they hit their horse it can move one step further towards the finish line. So the player takes the cone puts it one "step" to the front, gets the ball and brings it back to the next person of the team. If they do not hit the horse they just get the ball back.
• The horse which reaches the finish line first wins
• Play a 2nd round after the reflection and without discrimination
Addressing discrimination and racism
• 1 team gets a smaller cone or ball; everybody who was born for example in January, February and March has to play on this team
• During the whole game the trainer discriminates against another team saying hits would not count for doubtable reasons
• How was the game?
• Was it fair? Why not?
• What did I do to those two teams? (Discrimination?!)
• How did it feel being discriminated against for no reason? (Racism)
• Who has seen such things in real life?


Second half (20')


Ball Transport
- Make teams of 3-5
- 2 cones in distance of 5m for each team
- 1 ball per team
- The goal is to transport the ball from cone A to cone B and back (1 point)
- The ball cannot touch the ground
- One way of transporting the ball can only be applied once per team
- If relevant: On coach’s signal they cannot copy each other anymore
- The team that finds the most ways of transporting wins
- No hands, arms, legs, feet, etc. allowed
- The ball has always to be touched by at least 2 (3,4) players
- The ball always has to touch the ground
- Was it fun to try new things?
- Did you think there were so many possibilities of transporting a ball?
- In your daily life, are there also things that people do differently? (e.g. to walk, talk, believe)
- Why do you think that can be good? (Interesting, different people need different solutions, etc.)
- Tolerance is to allow, accept and even appreciate different people and different ways of doing it!



Third half (10')


- Brief summary of the lessons learned in this sessions
- If necessary, address topic-related issues that happened during the football match







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