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Project HALT

Combat violence and tackle racism, discrimination and intolerance in sports


HALT Movie

HALT movie was created by HALT project team and present various cases of harassment and abuse in sports, testimonials, interviews in order to mobilize and sensitize the public about this, as well as to support the whistleblowing of harassment and abuse in sports.
This work is supported by the project Halting Harassment and Abuse in Sports using Learning Technologies (HALT)
• Programme: Erasmus +
• Key action: Sport
• Action type: Collaborative Partnerships
• Call for proposals EAC/A05/2017
• Application: 603479-EPP-1-2018-1-EL-SPO-SCP
• Grant Agreement No: 2018-3678/001-001 / Project No: 2018-3678 (603479-GR) SPORT SCP
• Contact information: sdouka@phed.auth.gr
• Disclaimer: This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein

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HALT Movie


HALT serious game is telltale serious game using realistic scenarios in order to engage users, mainly young athletes, in critical situations which will help them to be aware towards harassment and abuse in sport. There are four different scenarios taking place in different sports. Each scenario describes a unique story where the user has to rate certain behaviours and make the appropriate choices, in order to succeed and score as many points as possible. Finally there is also a fifth scenario which is a quiz to assess what the users have learned by playing the rest of the scenarios.
The game consists of the login page, where each user must fill her/his personal credentials to login to the platform, the map menu screen, where she/he can choose from different scenarios, the actual stories where the main games- scenarios take place and the score screen with user’s scores and users leaderboards.

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A Virtual Community of Practice is a community of practice (CoP) that is developed on, and is maintained using the Internet. To qualify as an OCoP, the characteristics of a community of practice (CoP) as described by Lave and Wenger must be met. To this end, an OCoP must include active members who are practitioners, or "experts," in the specific domain of interest. Members must participate in a process of collective learning within their domain. Additionally, social structures must be created within the community to assist in knowledge creation and sharing. Knowledge must be shared and meaning negotiated within an appropriate context. Community members must learn through both instruction-based learning and group discourse. Finally, multiple dimensions must facilitate the long-term management of support as well as enable immediate synchronous interactions.

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HALT Whistleblowing

Broadly speaking, whistleblowing might be outlined as the raising of a concern, either within the workplace or externally, about a danger, risk, malpractice or wrongdoing which affects others.Just like in all organizations, information provided by whistleblowers in sports can provide vital assistance to public prosecutors, sports governing bodies / authorities and individual clubs (amongst others), when seeking to identify and eradicate wrongdoing in sport.
The Whistleblowing service of the HALT project acts as an early warning system. It is about revealing and raising concerns over harassment and abuse within the context of sports. Any adult or young person with concerns about a colleague, fellow athlete or themselves being at a risk can use the whistle-blowing service to make a report.

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Project Description

HALT project is focused on raising awareness about best practices for preventing harassment and abuse in sports under the specific topic: “Combat violence and tackle racism, discrimination and intolerance in sport”.
HALT will create and exploit a bunch of learning technologies (digital games, digital informative material, movie, online community of practice platform) developed by academics (AUTH, EUC) to address this goal in a rather big network of athletes in all over the Europe guaranteed by the participation of sports federations (EGO, EUSA), athletes associations (SJPF, AJFSF) and sport umbrella association (ASVÖ Salzburg).

The specific project objectives are:
• Develop Online Communities of Practice (CoP) for awareness and knowledge about harassment and abuse in sports among athletes, academic experts and sport sector stakeholders to enable synergies and collaborative learning about state-of-art about harassment and abuse prevention in sports.
• Enable knowledge sharing and the emergence of best practices with an emphasis on athletes’ awareness and knowledge about harassment and abuse in sport; developing e-learning material; minimizing the risk of offending behavior of people involved in sports; identifying new areas for policy intervention; and developing harassment and abuse social norms through whistleblowing promotion across all levels and types of sports.
• Sensitizing the target groups about harassment and abuse in sports by creating a short movie, available in the online CoP.
• To design and develop digital content packaged in serious games and gamified digital interfaces to support sports people to (a) recognize and (b) avoid harassment and abuse.
• Increase sport stakeholders' awareness about the benefits of using CoP for awareness and knowledge in the context of harassment and abuse in sports research, education, and policy-making, and to stimulate future innovative educational methods for preventing harassment and abuse in sports.

HALT Movie


Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH)

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH) is the largest university in Greece, with 11 Faculties organized into 41 Schools. Almost 73,000 under- and postgraduate students study at the Aristotle University, the Teaching and Research Staff numbers 2,500 people. AUTH holds 146 International Scientific Agreements with Universities in Russia, U.S.A., Canada, Australia, the Near, Middle and Far East. Also, it has currently approximately 538 bilateral agreements with European Universities and it has suported the implementation of TEMPUS, JEAN MONNET projects, etc. It also participates actively in several ERASMUS MUNDUS Action 1 & 2 consortia. AUTh ranks first among Greek higher education institutions in terms of mobility. In addition, since 2015, Aristotle University runs an Erasmus+ ICM programme in the framework of which 60 agreements have been signed with universities in 29 countries all over the world. AUTH participates in 25 HORIZON 2020 projects in diverse research areas. Ever mindful of rapid change and progress, AUTh constantly update its strategy, policies and everyday practices, in order to meet contemporary local and global demands. The University has been able to determine its strengths and weaknesses and to adopt a holistic internationalisation strategy.


European University Cyprus(EUC)

European University Cyprus (EUC) was founded in 2007 and developed out of Cyprus College, which was established in 1961 by Ioannis Gregoriou. Today, EUC operates five Schools, namely, the School of Humanities, Social and Education Sciences, the School of Business Administration, the School of Sciences, the Medical School, and the School of Law with the mission to educate students for successful careers and life achievement, to understand and serve the needs of society, and to create knowledge through research and innovation.
The University hosts a diverse and dynamic research community with experienced researchers, including Nobel Laureates Professor Robert Huber (Chemistry, 1988) and Professor Ada Yonath (Chemistry, 2009), who collaborate with colleagues in some of the best universities in the world (Harvard, Cambridge, King’s College London, Imperial College London and many others). Research activity is primarily carried out by a number of research centers, laboratories, and other kinds of specialized settings such as clinics and innovation centers.
European University Cyprus has accumulated approximately 2.5M euros in research funding in the last 3 years, while it ranks third among the Cypriot universities in terms of total funding from Horizon2020 (first among private universities).
The University has been awarded the “HR Excellence in Research” logo by the European Commission, which identifies institutions and organizations at the European level as providers and supporters of a stimulating and favourable working environment.


Allgemeiner Sportverband Österreichs – Landesstelle Salzburg (ASVÖ Salzburg)

ASVÖ Salzburg is an independent and impartial sport umbrella association, the advisory and service point for around 380 member sport clubs in Land Salzburg.
ASVÖ Salzburg is a non-profit organisation with a registered office in Salzburg, Austria, the affiliated entity of the Public Sport Federation of Austria (ASVÖ).
Its structure, mission and vision are similar to that of its national affiliated entity, ASVÖ.

The building blocks and “feeding ground” of the association are sport clubs. Around 380 clubs are part of the ASVÖ family in Land Salzburg. ASVÖ Salzburg is governed by the 6-Member Executive Committee, chaired by President Dietmar Juriga. In addition, ASVÖ Salzburg is comprised of 9 district officers, one financial advisor and a youth representative. A secretariat, an advisory board and a sport committee strengthen the work of ASVÖ. The “Land functionaries” (Landesfachwarte) are contact points for respective sports, implementing overarching projects across clubs in one specific sport. The “sport youth” (Sportjugend) is a youth platform for ASVÖ, supporting the clubs in youth work.

ASVÖ Salzburg builds its activities on the firm belief that sport is a substantial factor in our European society. Sport stays an indispensable building stone of education and integration, serves medical prevention, and promotes physical well-being, enjoyment and the development of positive values.

Main Aims and Objectives:
We are an organisation that promotes sport and sportspeople, striving for good cooperation with all sport stakeholders.
We are the qualified point of contact, not only supporting our members, but also providing services for athletes and people interested in sports.
We support measures and activities that serve health enhancement and physical activity through sport.
We proclaim clean and fair sport that is free from illegal substances and methods, focusing also on prevention measures, especially among young athletes.
We make sure that appropriate funds are available for sport to fulfil its objectives.
We also want to raise other means of income from economic and sponsoring activities to strengthen the independence of sport.

ASVÖ is independent and impartial from politics.
ASVÖ provide services and assistance for all, without regard to ethical background and ideological attitude.
ASVÖ is non-profit making organisation, accounting for the funds allocated for its operation.
ASVÖ is a community in which professional and volunteer staff work together to fulfil and implement ASVÖ’s objectives.

Promotion of and support to sport clubs and athletes;
Conducting initial and continuing education and training;
Development, management and maintenance of sport infrastructure;
Assistance and consultancy for members and interested entities in the field of sport;
Interest representation of sport clubs and athletes at governmental organisations and public entities.


Sindicato dos Jogadores Profissionais de Futebol (SJPF)

The Portuguese Football Players' Union (Sindicato dos Jogadores Profissionais de Futebol, SJPF) was formed in 1973 and is the Players` Union in Portugal. SJPF defends without distinction of status the rights and interests of the professional football players and currently has over 5000 members. The multiplicity of activities undertaken by the SJPF aim to achieve the protection and promotion of the collective interest of members, such as the contractual rights and guarantees, conditions of work, and the preservation of the dignity of all players in compliance with the fundamental Olympic principles, in particular, no discrimination of any sort.
The organisation has gained institutional weight, assuming a major role as interface with the sport organisation at national level, the state and other actors of Portuguese football and international, European Union, FIFA, UEFA, European Professional Football Leagues (EPFL). The SJPF is part of the social dialogue in the professional football platform promoted by UEFA.
SJPF is the Portuguese member of the world players’ union FIFPro which has over 55.000 football players in 40 national players’ associations as members.
SJPF also has responsibility in supporting non-professional football players (amateur football, indoor football and beach football male and female players) in their careers, education and training.
In 2016, SJPF has created an Education and Training Department, which has the responsibility of developing dual careers with football players and to facilitate professional integration in other work areas, beside sport, with retired footballers. In education area, SJPF is also developing several projects regarding to gender equality in football, mental health and financial education of athletes.


Spanish Women Futsal Players Association (AJFSF)

These are the three main pillars of Spanish Women Futsal Players Association:
• Defend the rights of players and give them legal and sport advancement;
• Dual career, help players with their studies providing economic or discount grants and facilities for their studies;
• Gender Equality: Work for the promotion and visibility of female futsal players with the highlights of the matches, best goals and personal interviews of players.

We are the biggest association in Spain regards to number of female sports with 212 members, AJFSF is formed by professional players of 1st and 2nd Division, and retired players. We work to improve their conditions and expectations of present and future.
Besides those pillars, we are worried about the development of their skills, about match-fixing, encourage social inclusion and equal opportunities in sport.


European University Sports Association Institute (EUSA)

EUSA Institute is a non-profit non-governmental organisation working on developing university sports, organizing sports events, carrying out sports activities and projects and providing education in sports at the university level. The Institute supports activities of the European University Sports Association (EUSA), the governing body for university and college sport in Europe, having 46 national university sports member associations. As a pan-European non-governmental organisation, it links national university sport federations, universities, teams, individual competitors, volunteers and other partners throughout Europe.

EUSA mission is
• to maintain and develop regular communication between the national federations;
• to co-ordinate competitions, conferences, mass-sport-events and other activities;
• to represent university sport in general and the member federations in particular in relation to various European bodies;
• to disseminate throughout Europe the ideals of university sport in close collaboration with the International University Sports Federation (FISU) and other European organisations and institutions.

EUSA is the licensing body for the European Universities Championships and European Universities Games, which are organised in alternating years. Annually, over 4000 participants take part in our sports event directly, representing over 400 universities each year.
We support and promote education and sports and are a strong advocate of dual careers. Because university sport is much more than only competitions, EUSA strives for the development of all its aspects, including the social values and educational activities. Through the organisation and participation in various conferences, seminars, conventions and other similar events, we bring together different stakeholders to share good practice and establish strong network. EUSA is also a proud partner in projects and initiatives carried out by our partners, European institutions and agencies, receiving support by the European Commission, Council of Europe and other institutional bodies.
Social responsibilities projects are one of our top priorities. In the past few years, we have been very active in the fields of equality and inclusion, volunteering, health-enhancing physical activity, dual career, anti-doping and safeguarding in sport. We are proud to have been partners in several EU-funded projects and initiatives on the topics of:
• Gender equality: “SCORE - Strengthening Coaching with the Objective to Raise Equality”, “ENACT - Empowered nation” and “GETZ - Gender Equality Toolkit for generation Z”
• Dual career: “EMPATIA – Education model for parents of athletes in academics” and “Smart Sport”
• Safeguarding in sport: “Prevention of sexualized violence in Sports – Impulses for an open, secure and sound sporting environment in Europe” and “VOICE - Voices for Truth and Dignity”
• Anti-doping: “EADIN - European Anti-Doping Initiative”
• Volunteering: European Voluntary Service and European Solidarity Corps
• HEPA: European Week of Sport #beactive


Hellenic Gymnastics Federation (EGO)

The federation is a sports organisation, and it counts almost 523 sports clubs in Greece.
It represents quite different gymnastics from Olympic sports to gymnastics for all.
The athletes of its members are elite athletes in the four Olympic disciplines and the three non-Olympic disciplines as well as amateurs (from all age groups, from toddlers to adults) doing leisure sport.
EGO is representing the Greek National Teams and its athletes are participating in Olympic Games, World Championships, European Championships etc.



Erasmus+ is the EU's programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe. Its budget of €14.7 billion will provide opportunities for over 4 million Europeans to study, train, gain experience, and volunteer abroad.
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.



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