Through funding partnership and policy programmes, EFDN brings together football clubs and organisations to innovate and modernise good practices. By using football as a tool for development, we are reaching out to several target groups. Our main focus is on contributing to the achievement of several Sustainable Development Goals:
The EFDN’s Pan European partnership projects focus on sharing, developing and transferring innovative practices between participating football clubs in various areas. Projects look to tackle areas of Employability, Sports Development, Health, Social Inclusion, and Integration. Organisations are able to develop partnerships, share best practice and work collaboratively to help to create a better society.
Projects can last from 6 months to 24 months depending on the theme of the programme and sector.
We are currently running seven Pan European projects:
The Active Fans programme aims to develop a new European standard and methodology that uses football as a tool to reach men and women from 35 years and older who would like to get physically active again, make lifestyle changes and improve their diets.
The project is a social street football competition organised locally in ten cities from eight European countries, where the participating teams can win more points through Fair-Play, Fair Support and Volunteering in community activities than by winning their Street Football matches.
The Healthy Football League will be an online competition that gives the possibility to compete online with fans from other clubs to become the healthiest club in Europe.
The Scoring for Health programme encourages children from the ages of 7 to 13, and their parents, to adopt a healthy lifestyle and make them aware of the value of eating healthily and being active.
Our member Real Betis Balompié Foundation is the coordinator of the project that aims at promoting social inclusion and a healthier lifestyle in deprived areas of cities. The goal is to install a “Community Football Driver”, an agent of change who will have the job of empowering the young participants to learn.
Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC) is a 24-month anti-racism and anti-discrimination programme which is based on the proven concept of the Red Card Campaign delivered in the UK, Ireland and the Netherlands.
Colour blindness is one of the world’s most common inherited conditions, affecting an estimated 300+ million people worldwide. To address and raise awareness on this issue, EFDN developed the “Tackling Colour Blindness In Sport (TACBIS)” programme.
EFDN has successfully delivered Pan European programmes before. We have organised together with our member clubs Welcome through Football, European Legends: Walking Football!, One Goal for Education and EPMIMT project.