Such activities provide opportunities for marginalised and underprivileged groups, such as migrants and people at risk of discrimination, to interact and integrate with other social groups. Sport also provides those with a disability an opportunity to showcase their talents and challenge stereotypes.
The social and societal contribution of sport does not always reach its full potential for marginalised and underprivileged groups. Many of these groups are also under-represented amongst sporting professionals, volunteers and members of committees and governing bodies – whether at local, national, or European level.
The Commission promotes social inclusion
Sport's is highlighted in the Council conclusions on the role of sport, the Commission Communication on Sport and the Council Conclusions on the contribution of sport to the EU economy as a driver of active social inclusion. In particular, The Commission has concluded the vital role sport has in addressing youth employment and social inclusion. The EU Disability Strategy 2010-2020 also aims to empower people with disabilities so that they can enjoy their rights and participate fully in society.