Welcome through Football

Project details

Social Inclusion of Refugees
Upcoming Activities
2 Sep
In collaboration with network members Brentford FC, Chelsea FC, Club Brugge, Ferencvárosi TC, Inter Milan, Rangers FC, SL Benfica, Werder Bremen, and project partner Geef Racisme de Rode Kaart, EFDN launched the Show Racism the Red Card programme. The 1st seminar will be held on 2nd and 3rd September at Read more
4 Sep
EFDN, Chelsea FC & Feyenoord invite EFDN members to travel to Stamford Bridge, the home of Chelsea FC, on the 4th Sept to learn more about the new EFDN STEM Network. The EFDN STEM Network launch will be a coming together of like-minded, European football clubs and foundations, who wish Read more
15 Sep
EFDN is looking forward to the next Breaking Barriers through Football Youth Exchange in Lisbon. Young people from five different cultures will come together from the 15th to the 21th of September.  The youth exchange provides the 17 to 25 year olds from Aberdeen FC, PFC Ludogorets 1945, NAC Breda, KAS Read more

Welcome through Football

Welcome through Football is a 12 months project which sees the EFDN cooperating with 5 of its member clubs; Werder Bremen, Apollon Limassol, KAA Gent, Everton FC, Vitesse Arnhem with the purpose of sharing expertise, experiences and best practices of their community programmes that focus on young refugees.

The Welcome through Football programme aims to share best practices and deliver a football based social inclusion methodology directed at reaching and working with young refugees from the ages of 7 through to 25 years old.  All 5 clubs currently deliver their own different football-based community programmes with a focus on social inclusion, integration and acceptation of refugees in their region and Europe.  Using this experience and expertise the project intends to develop and deliver a comprehensive football-based social inclusion methodology, as well as to train refugees to become coaches to assist with their inclusion into society and the labour market.  Through the sharing of best practice, knowledge and experiences Welcome through Football aims to identify the key success factors in order to deliver and prove the Welcome through Football methodology in the cities/countries of the 5 collaborating members.  This methodology will be made available to other professional grassroots clubs with a view to supporting and inspiring them to start their own activities and programmes for refugees.

Welcome through Football is a 3 steps process:

  1. Socialisation to sports – providing different football offerings for young refugees of both genders related to their specific requirements such as language skills or the possibility of trauma.
  2. Socialisation in sports – working on team structure, giving more responsibility to the participants and offering additional steps out with the sports training sessions.
  3. Socialisation through sports – Focusing on the skills the participants learn from taking part in the available offers so that they qualify for further education in and outside of sports.
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