United in the prevention of violence in sport
December 1, 2017 - March 31, 2018
This project is part of the broader project funded by the British Embassy in Belgrade “Countering Violent Extremism and Radicalization Threats in Serbia through Community-Based Early Warning and Preventive Engagement”. The latter is aimed at establishing and consolidating a foundation for efforts to prevent and counter violent extremism and radicalization that can lead to terrorism (VERLT) in Serbia. Preventing and countering VERLT is recognized as a comprehensive and multi-faceted approach in the global fight against terrorism to which the Government of Serbia is committed. The project encompasses three themes of research, in specific: support to community policing/municipal safety councils (MSCs), intercultural education and civic participation and engagement (civic education).
This specific project, implemented by the selected implementation partner addresses the dynamics of hooliganism which are often related to more extremist actions, including hate speech and peer violence. It will also reveal dynamics that lead young people to seek belonging and purpose in groups that encourage anti-social behaviour. The partner will work together with local security authorities and civil society actors in developing and implementing educational modules aimed at preventing violent youth hooliganism through appropriate educational activities among youth in elementary and secondary schools, supporter associations and informal fan groups. Research surveying violent hooliganism threats will be conducted to ensure and increase awareness of risk factors that can help to identify young people at risk of getting involved in hooligan groups and associated violent behaviour. The partner will also identify and test the necessary infrastructure to conduct fan coaching activities aimed at preventing violence among youth supporters on match days. Preventive media campaigns and support for associated youth activities will serve as impact multipliers.