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Preventing Extremism and Radicalization in Youth through Sports 

PRECYOUS aims to foster community engagement and positive behavior among youth through sports, in North Macedonia.

Project Number: IPA 2021/170537/20

Funded by: EuropeAid      Duration: 05/2022 – 04/2025


The primary challenge is to support the process of preventing and countering violent extremism in the Republic of Macedonia (2018-2022), focusing specifically on the Municipalities of Kumanovo and Lipkovo. Despite government efforts, these areas have the highest number of registered active job seekers (12,372 people in Kumanovo, according to 2020 data from the Employment Service Agency of the Republic of North Macedonia). Additionally, recent ethnic and political violence has resurfaced in these regions. Kumanovo is the largest municipality by population, while Lipkovo is predominantly Albanian-populated.


Precyous aims to prevent violent extremism and counter-radicalization through sports by empowering those at the forefront—staff, coaches, football fans, and municipal employees—to become agents of inclusion and tolerance.


The capacity-building sessions provide the necessary knowledge to municipal employees of Kumanovo and Lipkovo to operate Youth Centres as Sports and Youth Social Hubs, specializing in countering violent extremism.

The capacity-building sessions empower sports professionals (coaches, athletes, etc.) with the knowledge to identify potential instances of violent extremism (VE) and contribute to their early prevention.

The two Sports and Youth Social Hubs (SAYSHs) offers a broad range of social and sports services, along with customized educational programs to young people. These initiatives aim to empower them, develop their personal skills, prepare them for the labor market and help them foster positive attitudes.

The services include:

  • Social and psychological support: Individual and group counseling, social skills-building, empowerment training, self-advocacy, and activities to enhance social inclusion and cohesion.
  • Sports services: Teamwork and collective exercise activities to promote better societal integration and intercultural awareness.
  • Educational services: Training in negotiation, conflict resolution, and other personal development skills.

The training material aims to enhance young people’s resilience towards the risk of violent extremism. It includes non-formal learning activities that are related to sports, and material on human rights, gender equality, critical thinking, and empathy.

The toolkit presents how sports counter radicalization and prevent violent extremism (VE). It highlights successful initiatives and serves as a reference guide for youth and CSOs’ engagement in policy development.

The project has been funded with support from the European Commission. The contents of this webpage are sole responsibility of the author, and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union.

Project Partners

KMOP, Coordinator
Center for Intercultural Dialogue (CID)
North Macedonia



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