Sport connects, sport unites – the more than 200 sports clubs in Mönchengladbach know this truth very well. In order to make it easier for sportsmen and women from immigrant backgrounds to join sports clubs, the Municipal Sports Association of Mönchengladbach e.V. has launched just in time for the integration conference of the city of Mönchengladbach the website vereint-fuer-integration.de.
The aim is to present sports and exercise activities in various languages. Pictograms are used to guide visitors to the sports activities they wish to participate in and to find out everything they need to know about the venue, time, content and management of the offering.
”As a first step, we want to encourage the clubs to register their offerings with us,” says Axel Tillmanns, managing director of the Municipal Sports Association. The texts will then be translated into different languages in cooperation with the Institute for Intercultural Training and Integration. Tillmanns hopes that “This will help people find their way around the German club jungle more quickly“. In addition to sports activities, the website is also intended to help persons access support services.
For example, the “Training and participation package” is presented on the site, with which eligible parents (such as refugees) can receive a monthly grant of up to €10 per child for participation in a sports club. The Municipal Sports Association hopes that the volunteer helpers working with refugees will also use the site and, at best, accompany the refugees to the clubs. “Sport even brings together people with no common knowledge of languages. In addition, origin and religion play no role in sport. Our sports clubs can therefore be an engine of integration“, Tillmanns hopes.