DICE involved in international ERASMUS Ethics4Sports project

Posted by tf97 at Feb 11, 2016 02:55 PM |
DICE together with other 7 EU public and private organisations are involved in the ERASMUS Ethics for Sports (E4S) project.
  • Erasmus E4S project initial meeting held on Sant Cugat Spain
  • John Williams shared his ideas to the members of the E4S project
  • Members of the E4S project gathered at the sports centre in Sant Cugat, Spain
  • E4S members watched a taekwondo training in San Cugat Spain
  • A group of women training for synchronised swimming
  • Sports Facilities in Sant Cugat, Spain
  • John Williams and other members of E4S project

Project is investigating international perceptions of fairness in grassroots sport.

John Williams of DICE together with representatives of EU public and private organisation recently attended the first meeting for the E4S project held on the City of the Sant Cugat, Spain.

On January 25 – 26 2016 the academics and practitioners from the Municipality Of Sant Cugat (Spain), Sant Cugat Creix (Spain), Scuola di Pallavolo Anderlini (Italy), ERC Iserlohn (Germany), University of Rennes (France), University of Leicester (UK), and AFC Barwell, Leicestershire (UK) recently gathered in Sant Cugat, just outside Barcelona, to begin the 2- year development of the E4S project.

Ethics for Sports Objectives

The main objective of E4S is to develop innovative mechanisms to promote ethical behaviour in grassroots sport by enhancing the capacities and skills of sporting bodies. One of its aims is to produce an app for recording and reporting incidents during matches and inside sports clubs around Europe.

The issues to be covered by the project:

  • Questions of fairness, inclusion and inequality (e.g. in relation to racism, sexism and disability discrimination in sport);
  • Issues around the use of drugs in sport;
  • Cheating and gamesmanship;
  • Relations with game/match officials;
  • Perceived divisions (if any) between professional and amateur sport in respect to ethics;
  • Social & cultural variables that may impact on our understanding and perceptions of ‘fairness’

Sant Cugat Meeting

During their visit to Sant Cugat the E4S group toured a high performance sports centre, one of the best in Europe. Here they learned how elite young athletes balanced their competitive instincts with the requirement to play sport fairly and with respect for your opponent and officials.

The international project also includes two coaches from a local Leicestershire junior football club AFC Barwell. AFC Barwell hosts around 300 local children from a wide range of social backgrounds who play football within the club from the ages of 3 to 18 years. The club is constantly striving to improve its offerings both on and off the field in order to create the best environment possible for children to learn the game and positive values.


This is an amazing opportunity to work with colleagues from across Europe in order to compare attitudes and practices in relation to ethical practice in local sport. Our sports specialism at Leicester will fit very well in this project. We hope to be able to identify good practice as well as looking at different perceptions of fairness in different cultures.
John Williams from the new unit for Diversity, Inclusion and Social Engagement (DICE) at the University of Leicester
We are very proud to have been selected to work on this project. We hope to learn from our European partners, but we also think that we have established good boundaries and ideals at AFC Barwell, so learning is likely to be a two-way process. We hope it will have a very positive impact on local football in Leicester.
Darren Finney from AFC Barwell

Contact John Williams at jxw@le.ac.uk or on 0116 252 2745 for more information.

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