When refugees first join our trainings, many of our participants and their families get “scared” and have strong stereotypes against refugees/migrants even though the majority of our disadvantaged participants of Roma origin are also a target of stereotypes from mainstream society. Our “old” and “new” (refugee) players will play together at training session and tournaments and we would like to develop acceptance and tolerance of old players and support the inclusion of new players.


The participants will get to know the others through playing football together and realize that they are similar. In this session we prepare activities that will bring the old and new participants together.
At every training session we focus on acts of fair play therefore participants will integrate these acts and help others after falling down, not to kick too hard on younger players, etc.

Created by

Oltalom Sport Association (OSA)

Length of the session


Number of participants


Age of participants

12 - 20


Pitch or field, balls, cones, bids, rope/poles for warm-up 'tic-tac-toe'

Required knowledge, skills and preparation of the trainer

● knowledge and experience of football3 ● representing violence-free communication, openness, tolerance ● at least intermediate English ● basic knowledge of different cultures, especially customs and rules of Muslim religion

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

Participants help prepare the session by bringing materials to the pitch. Older players can volunteer for being the mediator.

Session plan

Session plan

Warm-up (30')


-“Chain-catcher” (10')


One player is the catcher and as s/he catches another player, they will run together holding each-others’ hand to catch more people. Then they will catch the third and fourth person and so on. Always participants at the two ends of the chain can catch new people. Towards the end a long chain of participants is trying to catch a few ones. The winner is the last person who hasn’t been caught.

This activity brings different participants together as they have the same aim to reach in the game. It is a fast game where they have to communicate with each-other very efficiently (especially towards the end when the chain gets too long and the two ands want to go to opposite direction) and cooperate. They have to hold the hand of each-other and get into physical contact.

After the game participants can evaluate how they felt during the game, how it was to play with others who speak other languages, in which ways they could cooperate.

- Tic-tac-toe (10')


We set up the grid on the ground with the plastic poles at one end of the pitch. We divide participants into two mixed groups (regarding gender, language, refugee-non refugee, age, etc.). They stand on the other end of the pitch. This is a very quick game where one participants of a team runs up to the grid and places a cone somewhere (as an O), then runs back, then a participant of the other team runs up and places a cone of a different color (as an X). They change players and continue until the tic-tac-toe is finished.

It can be repeated more times.

It strengthens cooperation  - they can give each-other instructions on where to place the cone. they can encourage each-other to run faster and again work for the same goal together. Also communication between old and new players will develop, as they have to communicate very fast in this game.

After the game participants can evaluate how they felt during the game, how it was to play with others who speak other languages, in which ways they could cooperate.



First half (10')


2 captains (e.g. refugee and non-refugee) choose team members. Our experience shows that captains always choose their friends and the best players. After the selection, we have a discussion on the results and set up an objective criteria together (can be alphabetical order or people with something red on them, or anything else, participants can define).
After the two teams are set up, we have the first half of a football3 match where teams decide on the rules together with the use of a football3 match sheet. Older players can volunteer for being the mediator.



Second half (20')


Football3 match with two ten-minute parts.



Cool-down (20')


Penalty-kick competition, an all-time favourite 10’
Slow running barefoot, stretching exercises 10’



Third half (10')


The participants sit down in a circle and share with the group how they felt during the session, what were the favourite moments, what they learnt and what should be done differently next time.





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