Speakers at the CSR in European Football 9th EFDN Conference

31 October 2017

Speakers at the CSR in European Football 9th EFDN Conference

We are looking forward to the 9th EFDN Conference what is sure to be an engaging, informative and enjoyable two days. 

A range of speakers have been invited that will bring their expertise to our gathering. As foundation or organisation coordinators and leaders, they bring valuable knowledge, perspectives and ideas to share with one another.

We are delighted to present today the first speakers that will give presentations or facilitate breakout sessions at the 9th EFDN Conference.

Vålerenga Fotball ‘The Pride of Oslo’ – Lars Erik Eggen

Vålerenga Fotball uses the power of football as a toll to change people’s lives. The foundation has four major projects: Vålerenga mot rasisme (Vålerenga against racism) focuses on integration, Jobbsjansen (the Jobchanse ) is an employability programme, Inkluderingsprosjektet (the inclusion project) addresses the problem of poverty 4and Engaaktiv (Engaactive) is committed to improving health and well-being. The presentation given by Lars Erik Eggen, head of the Vålerenga Fotball Foundation will provide insight into the reasons why Vålerenga Fotball is ‘The Pride of Oslo’

Sporting Memories – Robert White

During his Breakout Session Rob White, London Regional Coordinator of the Sorting Memories Network, will give an introduction to Sporting Memories and 6the use of reminiscence, and how a group might be formed. Next to that he will give an example of one of his favourite sporting memories. The participants will work in pairs or small groups to spend 5 minutes discussing their favourite/important sporting memory. Afterwards, the whole group will share stories that they have been discussing and talk about how this kind of session can be expanded on, and the value when used in Walking Football groups.

Everton in the Community ‘Imagine your Goals’ – Philip Duffy

Everton in the Community has helped to pioneer a series of programmes to specifically tackle mental health issues among different groups within the local community. Working in partnership with Mersey Care NHS Trust, Imagine your Goals was introduced in 2008 and is a fitness programme that offers local people 7living with mental health issues an opportunity to talk about their problems and seek help and support in a familiar environment. In this presentation, Phil Duffy, Executive Director of Everton in the Community will speak in detail about the Imagine your Goal Programme and its success which even has seen the charity establish Merseyside’s first ever mental health football league.

FC Schalke 04 ‘Talent Development’ – Sebastian Buntkirchen

In this presentation, Sebastian Buntkirchen, Head of the CSR and Sports Department and Managing Director of the club’s foundation “Schalke hilft!”, will 8introduce how FC Schalke 04 and its Foundation provide opportunities for Talent Development. The club follows the mission of addressing the problem of insufficient education and high unemployment rates in the region of Gelsenkirchen by providing different talent development programmes.

UEFA ‘Development of Women’s Football’ – Emma Sykes

The UEFA’s representative for Development of Women’s Football, Emma Sykes,9 will focus on the UEFA’s approach and vision for the women’s game. Essential questions as how can football clubs engage girls and women into their clubs through creating women’s teams and wider activities will be emphasised.

EFDN ‘How to develop your CSR Strategy’ – Hubert Rovers

The goal of EFDN is to support the efforts of its members to broaden their impact and to use the power of football for positive change in collaboration with other European HubertFootball clubs. Therefore, in collaboration, EFDN has developed a CSR Practitioner’s Guide that supports football clubs and foundations in the process of developing a community engagement strategy. In this Breakout Session, Hubert Rovers, international CSR in Football Consultant and CEO of EFDN, will provide valuable information for clubs and foundations who want to develop and broaden their community and social responsibility strategy and integrate them within the club and the local community.

FIFPro ‘Benefits of Player Involvement in CSR Work’ – Tony Higgins

In his talk Tony Higgins will concentrate on how we can engage with players in 3CSR work. It is important to inform players what the objectives of the CSR work is, their role within it and what (if anything) they might derive from it. Tony Higgins began working for FIFPro 12 years ago and one of his many responsibilities has been CSR work in relation to players.

Athletic Club Bilbao Foundation ‘The Foundation’ – Galder Reguera

Galder Reguera is responsible for all activities of Athletic Club Foundation. The 2Foundation was founded in 2002 and it has the primary mission of returning to the society what Athletic Club has received over the years. In his presentation, Galder will speak in detail about the goals, mission, vision and the strategic approach of the Athletic Club Foundation.

CAFE ‘Disability Access Officer’ – Jochen Kemmer

Jochen joined CAFE in July 2017 to support UEFA and its National Associations 1in the effective implementation of UEFA Club Licensing and Financial Fair play criterion article 35bis. In his presentation the topic of the Disability Access Officer (DAO) who shall work towards year-on-year improvement in access and inclusion within the club will be addressed.


We are looking forward to next weeks 9th EFDN conference with such a great line-up. 



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