DEC 2020


Call: Erasmus+ Sport 2019 Not-for-profit European Sport Events

Duration: up to 12 months

Starting date: 1 November 2019


The World Health Organization states that one in four people in the world will be affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives. According to a review of studies and data from all member states of the European Union issued by the “European Brain Council” and the “European College of Neuropsychopharmacology”, mental disorders affect more than 160 million Europeans each year – 38% of the population – with an economic burden estimated at €798 billion. Yet, fewer than a third of those affected receive adequate treatment, due to a lack of appropriate policies and facilities, and because they are often ashamed to admit they have a psychiatric problem because of the heavy social stigma still existing around mental illness.

Over the last few decades, several scientific studies have shown how sport and physical activity improve the psychophysical wellbeing of people with mental health problems. Exercise acts as a real therapy – complementary to psychiatric drugs – and plays an important role in preventing mental illness and enhancing the quality of life of those living with this problem. Moreover, sport fosters socialisation, belonging to a group, self-confidence and self-esteem.

Main Objective

The project aims at creating a 1-week camp with related soccer tournaments, scientific research and seminars – in Rome to involve ten teams composed of people with mental health problems coming from ten different European countries. Around one hundred people with psychiatric issues will meet for one week in Rome, playing soccer, having meals, and sharing their daily lives altogether thus improving their physical and mental wellbeing, interacting with other people who have the same disorders, and tackling the individual and social problems related to their issues.

Direct Beneficiaries

  • People with mental health problems

Indirect Beneficiaries

  • Sports professionals and organisations
  • Psychiatrists and rehabilitation facilities
  • Carers and families of people with mental issues
  • The whole civil society

Main Project Activities

  1. Identification in all project countries of psychiatric patients to involve in the camp (even through official selections, friendly matches, etc.).
  2. Athletic preparation of all patients supported by sports professionals and psychiatrists.
  3. Arrangements for travels, accommodation and overall logistics.
  4. Implementation of the 1-week camp in Rome with 10 European soccer teams of people with mental issues coming from 10 different European countries.
  5. Monitoring and evaluation of all activities and collection of data related to the mood improvements of participants.
  6. Organisation of conferences and seminars about the benefits of sports and physical activity for mental health.

Work Packages

WP1 – Project Management

WP2 – Preparation of the camp and related activities (arrangements, official selections, logistics)

WP3 – Implementation of the camp (with tournaments, scientific research and seminars)

WP4 – Monitoring and evaluation

WP5 – Communication and dissemination

Main Intellectual Outputs

  • Review of data collected during the camp in Rome.
  • DEC 2020 documentary
  • Project final report.

Pin It on Pinterest