S.B.V. Excelsior is a professional football club from Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The club was founded on 23 of July 1902 and was formerly known as “Rotterdam Football and Athletics Union Excelsior”. The club was relegated from the top Dutch league, Eredivisie in 2007–08, and promoted back to the Eredivisie at the end of the 2009–10 season. After their relegation in 2012, the team returned to the Eredivisie two years later. Excelsior’s home stadium is the Stadion Woudestein, which is one of the smallest stadiums hosting professional football in the Netherland
The foundation Excelsior4All
Excelsior does not only show sportive achievements but as well success in regards to having a positive impact on the community. The club uses their brand and the ability of football to engage and bring people together as a mean for addressing a wide range of social issues in the neighbourhoods around the Woudestein Stadium.
Excelsior’s community work is delivered by the club’s foundation Excelsior4All, which was founded in November 2011 by the directors of the football club, local experts on community engagement and other management specialists.
The developed Social and Responsibility programmes focus primarily on the direct neighbourhood of the stadium and aim at improving the participation in sports, education, health, reintegration and quality of life. The activities are based on football and the belief that the sport is a catalyst for creating change.
Currently, Excelsior is delivering the following programmes in the community.
- Excelsior Sessions
- Playing for Success
- Excelsior Schools
- Talent Development is Topsport
- Excelsior Street League
Excelsior is a young and dynamic football club, which takes its role in the community seriously. Excelsior is aware of the positive value, which it can add to the community and therefore wants to contribute to the development in the fields of sport, cohabitation and to economic aspects.
Excelsior4All is the heart of the club. The vision of the foundation is to use the brand image and the core values of SBV Excelsior to be socially active in the Rotterdam’s region. The club aims at improving the living conditions of individuals, groups and neighbourhoods. To accomplish these goals, the foundation focuses on projects that are based on one (or more) of the pillars:
Health, Education, Sports Participation, Rehabilitation, Quality of Life