Welcome through Football

Project details

Social Inclusion of Refugees
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

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.