Welcome through Football
Welcome through Football is a 12 months project which sees the EFDN cooperating with 5 of its member clubs Apollon FC, Everton in the Community, FC Emmen, KAA Gent Foundation and Werder Bremen 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:
- 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.
- Socialisation in sports – working on team structure, giving more responsibility to the participants and offering additional steps out with the sports training sessions.
- 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.