Community Champions League

Project details

Country
Europe
Year
2019
Topic
Social Cohesion
Upcoming Activities
13 Jun
On the 13th of June 2019, the Dutch prison  “De Karelskamp” in Almelo will be hosting the first Football Works Festival which is organised by EFDN together with the Dutch Justice Department.  The event will not only include a football tournament inside the prison walls but also offers different presentations Read more
19 Jun
EFDN is partnering with Fundação Benfica for the 3rd Walking Football Festival Lisboa in Lisbon on the 20th and 21st June 2019. Teams are invited to sign up and join in the tournament which will have 2 separate competitions, one for teams who would like to play competitively and one Read more

Community Champions League

The Community Champions League is an EFDN project in partnership with ten community engaged football clubs from the Netherlands, England, Scotland, Norway, Portugal, Hungary, Belgium and Germany.

The project is a social street football competition organised locally in ten cities from eight European countries, where the participating teams can win more points through Fair-Play, Fair Support and Volunteering in community activities than by winning their Street Football matches.

With the aim of promoting social integration through sport, the Community Champions League provides the opportunity for people from different cultures to come together to build relationships and friendships while breaking down barriers through the prevention of violence, racism and intolerance in grassroots sports and their communities.

CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING

The Community Champions League project highlights the key element of “Cultural understanding” in order to generate and emphasise mutual respect while creating confidence amongst the participants and building strong relationships between young people in their communities.

The project is focused on fair play, respect and tolerance, promoting social cohesion, equal opportunities and participation in sports for young boys and girls between the ages of 7 through to 15 years old.  More specifically, the local Community Champions League puts young people with different backgrounds from the same neighbourhood together to compete as a team against their peers from other parts of the city in order to become the Community Champions of their city. Thanks to a dynamic engagement of the whole neighbourhood within the programme, strong and active communities are therefore naturally being built within the cities.

THE COMMUNITY CHAMPIONS LEAGUE PROGRAMME OBJECTIVES ARE:

  • Tackle racism, discrimination and violence in sport
  • Social inclusion in and through sport
  • Promote social cohesion through sport
  • Promote active citizenship
  • Promote voluntary activity in sport
  • Promote the positive involvement of parents and neighbours
  • Social inclusion and acceptance of refugees and migrants
  • Enhance social and bridging capital of participants
  • Reduction of small street crime
  • Teaching valuable life skills
  • Promote a healthy lifestyle

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