Youth Exchange in Arnhem
From 9th until 15th of July 2017, a football based Youth Exchange focused on the theme “Breaking Barriers” will take place in Arnhem, the Netherlands.
During that period, Vitesse, the host of the exchange, will welcome 24 young people and 8 staff members from 4 different countries, and culturally diverse and socially disadvantaged backgrounds.
The youth exchange will provide the 17 to 23 years old participants, from the Netherlands, Portugal, Israel and Norway the unique opportunity to share experiences with each other through engaging in joined activities. This will contribute to fostering the understanding of cultural and religious diversity.
During the entire exchange, football will be used as the key tool for breaking cultural barriers, since the sport has proofed to have the power of addressing a wide range of societal issues. To enhance such power, the exchange additionally follows the aim of bringing the participants together to promote the involvement of young people in local communities, to discuss potential invisible barriers in society and to develop strategies on how to overcome them.
The youth exchange will consist of non-formal group activities, which focus on increasing the level of tolerance between the participants and the reduction of existing stereotypes. The young people will work, share and reflect on the topics of borders between cultures and discuss possibilities to build bridges between the different groups.
The activities are truly sport based and take place in the surroundings of a professional football club, as the training ground of Vitesse Arnhem and the stadium Gelredome.
Additionally, a healthy lifestyle through sport will be promoted and the young adults will learn to deal with the feelings of achievement and frustration.
At the end of the exchange, every participant will receive the Youth Pass Certificate.
The exchange is co-funded by the Erasmus Plus Sport programme.