Join the ‘Sports in Prison, a Plan for the Future’ project for their closing symposium as they discuss sports programs in prisons and how they can contribute to social integration.

‘Sports in Prison, a Plan for the Future’ (SPPF) is an Erasmus + project that focuses on the development of good sports programmes with a stronger connection between the 'outside world' and the world inside the prison walls.

The past three years, our collaborative partnership has been working hard to better understand sports programs in prisons, and in particular how these programs can contribute to social integration.

During the symposium the results of the SPPF project will be presented to an international audience. The results include the research publications, as well as the development, testing and implementation of the learning areas and the evaluation thereof. In addition, time will be made to present the toolkit and policy recommendations. The symposium will integrate interactive methods to provide information to the participants, and actively involve them to hear their perspective about the project results.


Morning session (9h30 – 12h30) 


  • Gunter Gehre (President of De Rode Antraciet vzw)

Introduction Sports in Prison. A plan for the Future

  • Bloeme van Roemburg (supervisor SPPF - De Rode Antraciet vzw)

Keynote speakers

  • Dr. Haydn Morgan (University of Bath, UK)
  • Prof. dr. Tom Daems (LINC-KU Leuven)

Presentation of the SPPF project results

  • Prof. dr. Marc Theeboom (VUB - SASO & PALD) & Camilla di Concini (UISP)

Afternoon session (13h30 – 16h45)

Interactive workshops. Closing debate with:

  • Yves Le Lostecque (Head of Unit EACEA - EC)
  • Bob Van den Broeck (AG Justice and Enforcement Agency)
  • Rudy Van De Voorde (DG Belgian Prison Administration)
  • Els Tijskens (Managing director De Rode Antraciet vzw)
  • Dr. Haydn Morgan (University of Bath, UK)
  • Prof. dr.Tom Daems (LINC - KU Leuven)
  • Prof. dr. Marc Theeboom (VUB) (moderator)


  • Prison and probation professionals
  • Policy makers (local, national, European)
  • Social and advocacy organisations
  • Sports federations, clubs and organisations
  • Education and research


  • The symposium will take place on 15 December 2022 at 
  • The speakers will communicate in English and Dutch. Translation will be available.

Final information will be sent a week before the symposium. NO REGISTRATION FEE!

Event Details

15 Dec 2022 - 15 Dec 2022
All day, CET

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