The project ́s intention is to transfer a German successful approach for the resocialisation and inclusion to the participating partner countries by using sports as a leisure activity addressing and inspiring young offenders and other young people in precarious situations such as refugees, migrants and others.
The German sports club ,,BSV Wassenberg“ for baseball and softball visits a prison for young offenders (aged 16 to 25) in the town of Heinsberg monthly and instructs a team of 14 young prisoners how to play baseball and softball. The intention of the lesson is to encourage the offenders for a sport activity which is supposed to lead them to a sustainable interest and to the aim of joining a sports team after disimprisonment in order to get into a new social environment. The improvement of the individual initial situation increases the interest in social life and education within this difficult to reach target group.
The project wants to emphasize and promote that sports and other free time activities represent a way for social inclusion and integration, so that teenagers and young adults in precarious situations get the chance to re-socialize. The project is innovative compared to other projects because even if there are many initiatives for teenagers and young adults in precarious situations, there is missing one for this particular target group, thus young prisoners.
The German sports club aims to transfer its experiences to other European sports organizations in order to use sports as a vehicle for resocialization and inclusion and wants to expand its approach to influence more areas of education, institutions and facilities for teenagers and young adults in precarious situations.