#Morethanfootball All Across Europe
During the course of the last week, the #Morethanfootball Action Week, supported by EFDN, has been celebrating the work that the European Football community is delivering off the pitch in their local communities.
Across Europe, we had the great pleasure to experience a week devoted to showcasing, how the power of football can change lives for the better.
During the week -long campaign, from 30th of March until 9th of April, organisations were hosting events aiming at demonstrating the social impact of community projects across the Football industry.
Overall, we, EFDN, are proud to have supported the campaign that in total, 84 organisations took part in the #Morethanfootball campaign. Involved have been European football clubs, foundations, community trusts, Leagues and FA’s. The UEFA Foundation for Children, an EFDN partner, also supported the campaign.
We would like to thank all these involved organisations for their effort and commitment.
This year’s campaign has been a great basis for the following #Morethanfootball Action Week campaigns and other future initiatives focusing on CSR and sustainability in Sport.
Below, we would like to highlight some inspiring activities and events delivered by our EFDN members and hosted during the #Morethanfootball Action Week.
SOME HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK FROM OUR NETWORK MEMBERS
SV Werder Bremen delivered the “Young Coach Education Programme” during the Action Week. Young athletes, with and without a disability, are given the opportunity to become coaches to then be able to actively support the disability groups of the clubs. The club also joined a Network meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, where the impact of football as a tool for social integration of refugees was thematised.
Some foundations and clubs, such as Links Park Community Trust, Morton in the Community, Vitesse Arnhem, Bayer Leverkusen, Rangers Charity Foundation or Club Brugge saw the Action Week as a great opportunity to showcase the programmes they deliver on a daily basis.
Inter Campus, Club Brugge, Apollon Limassol, Panathinaikos F.C and Shakhtar Donetsk showed their commitment to the Action Week in form of organising #Morethanfootball Activities at their home games, including LED boarding and #Morethanfootball banner.
KAA Gent participated during the Action Week in the ‘Day against Homophobia and Transphobia’, supporters with disabilities were accompanied to the Ghelamco Arena. Additionally, the club organised a Fair-Play Workshop.
Vitesse Arnhem and N.E.C Nijmegen kicked-off the Action Week with a Walking Football tournament. As Walking Football sessions are getting more and more popular in Europe, Feyenoord and VfL Wolfsburg introduced us their Walking Football activities.
Ferencvarosí Torna Club launched during the #Morethanfootball Action Week the Fair Play Committee & Award. Both are based on the club’s motto: Morality, Strength and Unity.
Inter Campus teamed up with Inter Forever to run the Milan’s Marathon in a friendly competitive spirit.
Aberdeen F.C Community Trust introduced us to the Mental Health Football League that is held in Scotland.
It truly was a week, which showed in many different ways the power of football to change people’s lives on a daily basis.