More than Football Award Nominee – SV Werder Bremen
This year will see the first More than Football Award ceremony at the 13th EFDN Conference, hosted at Camp Nou, Barcelona on the 19th and 20th of November 2019. From an array of high-quality submissions for the award, SV Werder Bremen’s “SPIELRAUM” is one of 10 projects that have been selected for the initial long list.
The “SPIELRAUM” programme which started by improving easy access to sports and sports structures in deprived neighbourhoods of Bremen, aims to achieve integration through football. Currently, SV Werder Bremen runs weekly training sessions in 5 different neighbourhoods, which are open training sessions for everybody of age groups 10-12 and 12-15. In addition, the club runs 5 weekly training opportunities next to the stadium for refugees: an open training session without any commitments for everybody 14-21, boys 7-11, boys 12-15, boys 16-21 and multisport offer for refugee and German girls 15-21. Each training is accompanied by 2 Werder coaches and 1 social worker/teacher or psychologist.
Pioneer in German football
Werder Bremen is the pioneer of corporate social responsibility in Germany’s national football league. Werder has its own department that organises all the social projects. The jobs of the employees are to process all the everyday enquiries of the club-partners and –members, as well as the organisation and development of new offerings, events and projects. Having a separate social department is special in the German league; most of the clubs organise their CSR in the marketing or public relations department.
See the full list of nominees for the More than Football Award.