Sport Healing Rehabilitation


The projects aims to define and validate a sport scientific protocol improved by psychiatrists, academic researchers and sport professionals. The protocol will allow to identify the most suitable sport for psychiatric patients with different diagnoses and backgrounds in order to improve their psychophysical well-being.


Sport for mental health

Fostering sport and physical activity in the psychiatric rehabilitation programs

Cooperation of partners

Collaboration between sports, mental health and education sectors

Sharing knowledge

Investigating best practices and entities in the European Union regarding sport and mental health

Quality of life

Supporting people with mental health problems and protecting their rights

Answer the Questions

Our Network

SPHERE is a collaborative partnership co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, composed by clubs and entities coming from all part of Europe. The Project is led by ECOS Europe.


European Culture and Sport Organization

ECOS Europe is a network of experts established to foster social, economic and sustainable development through Sport and CultureECOS Europe is a network of experts established to foster social, economic and sustainable development through Sport and Culture

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The Background

The basis for SPHERE

The Description

What is SPHERE

Meetings and Events


The Scientific Committee

The scientific committee is directing, monitoring, evaluating and validating all project activities for the progressive integration of sports and physical activity in the psychiatric rehabilitation paths.

Santo Rullo

Psychiatrist, ECOS member  and head of the committee (Italy)

Diane Crone

Professor of Exercise and Health at the Cardiff Metropolitan University (UK)

Jürgen Beckmann

Professor and Chair of Sport Psychology at the TU of Munich (Germany)

Fernando Cross-Villasana

Neuroscience Researcher at the Chair of Sport Psychology of the TU of Munich (Germany)

Stefania Cerino

Psychiatrist experienced in the psychiatric rehabilitation through sport (Italy)

Paul Sellars

Researcher in Sport Psychology at the Cardiff Metropolitan University (UK)

Francesca Cirulli

Senior Researcher at the Center for Behavioral Sciences and Mental Health of the Italian National Institute of Health (Italy)







Latest News

Discovering “Athletic Therapy”, SPHERE Pilot Project from Croatia

Let’s discover “Athletic Therapy”, the Croatian SPHERE Pilot Project organised by Rijeka Sports Association for Persons with disabilities.

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“Happy Mind Sports” SPHERE Pilot Project starts in Tampere

Not only Italy: a new SPHERE Pilot project started in Tampere (Finland) organised by Hämeen Liikunta ja Urheilu ry.

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First Pilot Project takes place in Italy: “Horses and Butterflies”

In December, the first Pilot Project in the framework of SPHERE started in Italy, organised by Umbria Regional Committee Italian Equestrian Federation.

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