16th September 2016: Trofeo Aurora “From the Mediterranean to the Pacific: an ocean of opportunities for mental health”

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TROFEO AURORA “From the Mediterranean to the Pacific: an ocean of opportunities for mental health”

On the 16th of September the Prato-based association Polisportiva Aurora opened, under the banner of the INSPORT+ project, the 22nd edition of Trofeo Aurora, where partners from different countries engaged in a football tournament alongside with meetings and debates around the theme “From the Mediterranean to the Pacific: an ocean of opportunities for mental health”.

The tournament played host to 8 teams from Italy, Spain, Germany, Slovenia, France and, for the first time,  included a team from the United States (California) and the Black Stars, a team consisting of 12 young asylum seekers coming from different municipalities in the areas surrounding the city of Prato.

The edition of this year benefited from the cooperation established between the Municipality of Prato (INSPORT+’s project leader), Aurora and its fellow associations, as well as the local ‘SPRAR’ (system for the protection of asylum-seekers and refugees) of the city of Prato.

The event was an excellent occasion not only for the stakeholders already participating in INSPORT+ to meet again and continue their exchanges but also for the partnership to extend its contact with new organisations locally and overseas, including a voluntary outreach to another group of players from Prato province: its asylum-seekers and refugees.

“Sport gives us a universal language that allows people to come together, even when the languages they speak is not the same or even when some of them suffer from social distress or from a disorder”, says Luciano Giusti, Coordinator of Aurora’s activities, “It’s the language of sport that is capable of bringing people together, communicating and creating inclusion”.