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"Sports in Prison. A Step Towards Rehabilitation?"




We are excited to invite you to the closing symposium of the Sports in Prison, a Plan for the Future (SPPF) project.

"Sports in Prison, a Plan for the Future" 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 sport 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): 

    • Welcome

      • Gunter Gehre (President of De Rode Antraciet vzw)

    • Introduction Sports in Prison. A Plan for the Future.

      • Bloeme van Roemburg (project coordinator - De Rode Antraciet vzw)

    • Keynote speakers:

      • Haydn Morgan (University of Bath, UK)

      • Tom Daems (LINC-KU Leuven)

    • Presentation of the project results

      • Marc Theeboom (SASO & PALD-VUB)

      • Camilla di Concini (UISP)

  • Afternoon session (13h30 – 16h45):

    • Interactive workshops 

    • Panel debate with guests: 

      • Bob Van den Broeck (AG Justice and Enforcement Agency)

      • Rudy Van De Voorde (DG Belgian Prison Administration)

      • Marie-Anne de Groot (Branch manager PI Veenhuizen, NL)

      • Marjolein van Poppel (Policy officer inclusivity and ethics at Sport Vlaanderen)

      • Marc Theeboom (SASO & PALD-VUB) (moderator)

    • Closing words:

      • Yves Le Lostecque (Head of Unit EACEA - EC)


  • The prison and probation systems

  • Policy makers (local, national, European)

  • Social and advocacy organisations

  • Sport 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.
  • Feel free to share this information with others in your network.

We are looking forward to meet you at the symposium!

Please register here to attend the symposium (no registration fee). 



  • In order to organise a sustainable and environmentally friendly event that is consistent with the BEL ambitions, we recommend that you use sustainable modes of transportation to the venue (walking, cycling, public transportation). You can download the access map here.