SAFER Pilot Site Visit at FC Midtjylland

19 March 2024

SAFER Pilot Site Visit at FC Midtjylland

The SAFER project embarked on another significant step forward with a pilot site visit to FC Midtjylland‘s MCH Arena in Herning, Denmark, on March 17th.

Set against the backdrop of a Danish Superligaen match between FC Midtjylland and Vejle Boldklub, this visit aimed to glean insights into the prevention of gender-based violence within the realm of football.

Accompanied by representatives from partner organizations such as Football Supporters Europe and the Danish organisation FanNetv√¶rket for Kvinder (Fan network for women), the EFDN delegation was escorted around the MCH Arena facilities by FC Midtjylland representatives. This experience provided a firsthand understanding of the club’s operational procedures and commitment to safety and inclusivity.

Further, engaging discussions were held with female representatives from both teams’ fan groups, fostering a dialogue around the project’s central theme, offering valuable perspectives and laying the groundwork for collaborative efforts in combating gender-based violence within football communities.

Post-match, reflections and analyses were undertaken to assess the potential for implementing project-related activities within FC Midtjylland’s operational framework. This reflective process underscores the project’s dedication to driving tangible change and promoting safe, inclusive environments within football stadiums.

The SAFER project is a collaborative initiative aimed at tackling gender-based violence within the football community. Funded by Erasmus+, it brings together diverse stakeholders, including football clubs, supporter organizations, and advocacy groups, to identify and promote effective strategies for prevention. By engaging with key stakeholders in the football ecosystem, SAFER aims to cultivate a culture of respect and equality, ensuring that stadiums are safe spaces for all fans, regardless of gender. The project is supported by UEFA, the Sport & Rights Alliance, and the Centre for Sport & Human Rights.

Thanks to FC Midtjylland for their hospitality.

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