Community Champions League webinar about COVID-19-proof activities
On 27 January, the clubs participating in the Community Champions League, met online to discuss the next steps considering the fact that many countries have enforced a lockdown due to rising numbers of COVID-19 cases. The Community Champions League is an EFDN project in partnership with nine community-engaged football clubs from the Netherlands, England, Scotland, Norway, Portugal, Hungary, Belgium and Germany. NAC Breda, Feyenoord, Aberdeen FC, Chelsea FC, Club Brugge, SV Werder Bremen, Vålerenga Fotball, Ferencvarosi TC and SL Benfica deliver the Pan-European programme in collaboration with EFDN.
Many of the clubs cannot work with the schools in person or via online workshops at the moment and have to wait until the next month or spring to start again. To find one or more activities that can be delivered between March and May/June by each partner and give participants the opportunity to engage in the Community Champions League and compete or play against other teams from Europe, all clubs met for a discussion online. Each club suggested activities such as an online world cup, physical exercises as a team challenge, community contributions with monthly changing topics, online workshops, and other challenges.
Club-specific preexisting programmes were also presented to see if they could be applied to other clubs as well in the context of the Community Champions League. There was a lively discussion to figure out what the individual restrictions of clubs were such as not enough devices to connect with the students, limited possibilities for teachers to implement programmes or the challenge to motivate participants. The clubs will have another webinar to decide on an activity strategy that works for all of them soon.
Read more about the Community Champions League here.