Who we are
The European Football for Development Network (EFDN) consists of professional football clubs who are not only committed to their social responsibilities but have the passion to cooperate and engage on a European level.
This collaboration creates a network for sharing knowledge which develops a diversity of training methods that directly benefits local social responsibility and community programmes. The aims of our network are to promote the power of football as a tool for social development, exchange knowledge and create funding opportunities for local participants of our member clubs within their regions.
The network currently consists of 39 clubs from 18 European Countries which benefit from our official strategic partnerships with FARE (Football Against Racism Europe), CAFE (Centre for Access in Football Europe), the Social Football Club Alliance, European Healthy Stadia Network, European Club Association and UEFA Foundation for Children.
Why we do what we do?
Football and sports are increasingly used and recognised as a tool for community development world wide. These football for development programmes are providing participants and staff from different backgrounds with valuable tools to actively make a positive intervention in their own lives. By addressing the most pressing issues in each community, the programmes are contributing to positive social change on a European scale.
Football has the power to help people to achieve more, addressing issues such as health and wellbeing, tackling racism, youth unemployment, school attainment and volunteering. Football can enhance individual development, self-confidence and conveys values of team spirit, fair play and responsibility. Our programmes teach young people how to deal with success and failure, solve problems, accept shared values and become role models within their community.
How we do it?
The goal of the network is to share knowledge and experiences on an European level to enhance quality and efficiency for national and local football for development initiatives. This is achieved through European exchange programmes for staff, volunteers and participants, international conferences to share good practice, our online learning platform and developing European community programmes for the member clubs.
EFDN currently delivers the following activities:
- Bi-annual network meetings
- Development and delivery of International Youth and Staff Exchange Programmes
- Development and delivery of Pan European Programmes
- Development and maintaining EFDN Online Learning Platform
- Development of European M&E standards for Football for Development Programmes
We believe that football can change people’s lives and that’s why we aim to inspire all European clubs to become more actively engaged in their communities and collaborate with our members in the field of football and development.