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Innovative collaborations of school education and youth through the prism of local football history for social inclusion and diversity.

 

Some would say

Some would say history is just one damned thing after the other, that it should be put to rest in the past and that bygones should be bygones. These people are not necessarily wrong, but in an ever-complex world of globalised societies and rising exclusivist identity-politics, the stories we tell ourselves about the past help us define ourselves in the present and orient toward an unpredictable future.

Some would say football is nothing more than 22 people chasing a ball around a pitch for 90 minutes. Also those people are not necessarily wrong, but history is made up of whatever people have come to value, and certainly football – a game played and watched by billions for over 100 years – seems highly valued.

We would say

We would say that football history is made up of millions of stories, of individuals and communities, of movements and processes, which can open doors to the conversations we need to have in the present. Players who came from nothing to become international super-stars. Clubs which have been established to foster minority identities and belonging. People who have faced exclusion in a racist and bigoted past.

About the Project

Our European Football stories, starting with your local neighbourhood club, can not only excite the football and history fans but in particular create a space where those that are marginalised in European societies are included, feel belonging so that everybody can seek active citizenship.

Sport – and particularly football – appeals to millions of Europeans, regardless of their sexual orientation, colour, gender, age, nationality or religion, often becoming a defining factor of identities and communities. The rich local cultural heritage of football and its shared history covering the turbulent 20th century history offers direct access to addressing past and present diversity. In addition, it helps to promote shared values, equality, non-discrimination and social inclusion with an integrated perspective, encompassing and innovating formal and non-formal learning, as well as youth work.

This project will see a unique European team, including a Football Federation, a professional Football Club’s museum, the renowned Anne Frank House and Fare Network, together with EuroClio – the European association of history educators.

 

Project Aims

The overall aim of the project is to contribute to the reduction of the number of people at risk of social exclusion across Europe by pursuing these specific objectives:

  • promote diversity, non-discrimination and equality, including gender equality;
    Innovate formal and non-formal learning leading to social, civic and intercultural competences and critical thinking;
  • support the professional development of educators and youth workers and build the capacity to develop and implement innovative teaching methods;
  • engage cultural heritage for all by accessing the histories, memories and legacies residing in football history in transnational perspectives on all levels;
  • raise public awareness on the role of learning for social inclusion and increase the sharing of innovative practices across the continent.

Expected Outcomes

  • Needs Assessment: The project aims to produce a needs assessment through mapping and analysing existing approaches that use learning about local football history to enhance social inclusion and promote diversity. This output will gather data through local piloting sessions and an international survey, including data from over 300 individuals with from over 30 countries in or neighbouring the European Union. Download the full Needs Assessment here.
  • Toolkit: This output involves a toolkit for using historical and cultural heritage dimensions of football to enhance social inclusion and promote diversity in non-formal settings. The toolkit is a user-friendly and practical collection of 30 exemplar approaches to use and a guidebook on how to use them for youth workers and other educators involved in non-formal education.
  • Exemplar Learning Activities: The Exemplar Learning Activities on European Football History for social inclusion and promotion of diversity (also referred to as Handbook) will be made available as an Open Educational Resource and will contain 30 activities that support teachers with dealing with diversity in the classroom, with tackling rising intolerance and with engaging students in an innovative and meaningful manner.
  • Policy Recommendations: The Policy Recommendations for Education, Youth, Football and Sport will identify to policy makers in which way the findings of the Needs Assessment either support or contradict existing policies of using football history as a tool within formal and informal education and will make clear what kind and at what level changes are needed.
  • Public Awareness Campaign: The campaign targets the wider society, urging major bodies in football and education to get behind the campaign and valorising research and educational approaches performed at the local level. In short, the campaign will have five components: a central campaign website, an event package, a short video, liveblogging at peak visibility moments, and ambassadors recruited amongst players who are well-known and support the priorities and objectives of the project.

The project will be implemented with the financial support of the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union as part of the initiative “Football History for Inclusion – Innovative collaborations of school education and youth through the prism of local football history for social inclusion and diversity.

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More about the Football Makes History Project

We asked Senior Project Manager Andreas Holtberget (EuroClio – European Association of History Educators), Florin Sari (Manager for UEFA2020 at the Romanian Football Federation) and Frauke König (Eintracht Frankfurt Museum) to tell us more about the Football Makes History Project.

Our Team

Ute Ackermann Boeros

Ute Ackermann Boeros

Affiliation

Thomas Babilla Sama

Thomas Babilla Sama

African Association of Central Finland

Ivan Belicka

Ivan Belicka

Private Elementary School with kindergarten of Maria Montessori

Valerio Bernardi

Valerio Bernardi

Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca

Peter Bijl

Peter Bijl

Stadtgeist.nl

Ernie Brennan

Ernie Brennan

National Children's Football Alliance CIC

Dario Brentin

Dario Brentin

University of Graz

Lennard Bunt

Lennard Bunt

Student Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam

Enrico Cavaerili

Enrico Cavaerili

Istituto Comprensivo Zola Pedrosa

Denver Charles

Denver Charles

History Teachers' Association of Northern Ireland

Benny Christensen

Benny Christensen

EuroClio Ambassador

Agustin De Julio

Agustin De Julio

EuroClio

Inemarie Dekker

Inemarie Dekker

Sivkaworks

Gian Marco Duina

Gian Marco Duina

Hopeball

Jonathan Even-Zohar

Jonathan Even-Zohar

Evenzo Consultancy

Thomas Farines

Thomas Farines

TDH Hellas

Costantin Florin Sari

Costantin Florin Sari

Romanian Football Federation

Dolores Galindo Fontán

Dolores Galindo Fontán

Dragones de Lavapiés

Fernando Gallego Pedraza

Fernando Gallego Pedraza

Sevilla Futbol Club

Geir Ove Halvorsen

Geir Ove Halvorsen

Valle Hovin VGS, Oslo

Christopher Heim

Christopher Heim

KU Leuven-Policy in Sports and Physical Activity Research Group

Ansley Hofmann

Ansley Hofmann

INEX-SDA

Andreas Holtberget

Andreas Holtberget

EuroClio

Igor Jovanovic

Igor Jovanovic

Elementary School Veli Vrh Pula

Frauke König

Frauke König

Eintracht Frankfurt Museum

Anika Leslie-Walker

Anika Leslie-Walker

University of Bolton

Martin Liepach

Martin Liepach

Fritz Bauer Institut

Sebastian Lotz

Sebastian Lotz

Eintracht Frankfurt Museum

Alice Modena

Alice Modena

EuroClio

Rico Noack

Rico Noack

Gesellschaftsspiele Berlin

Juan Carlos Ocaña

Juan Carlos Ocaña

IES Parque de Lisboa

Gijsbert Oonk

Gijsbert Oonk

Erasmus University Rotterdam

Christoforos Pavlakis

Christoforos Pavlakis

Community Action to Inspire Hope

Daniel Petcu

Daniel Petcu

Romanian Football Federation

Marcel Put

Marcel Put

Stichting Voortgezet Onderwijs Parkstad Limburg

Chris Rowe

Chris Rowe

EuroClio Ambassador

Marisa Schlenker

Marisa Schlenker

University of Konstanz

Zdravko Stojkoski

Zdravko Stojkoski

NI Museum of North Macedonia Skopje

Stefan Svavarsson

Stefan Svavarsson

Kopavogur High School

Matthias Thoma

Matthias Thoma

Eintracht Frankfurt Museum

Niels Van Muijden

Niels Van Muijden

FARE Network

Joram Verhoeven

Joram Verhoeven

Anne Frank House

David Webber

David Webber

Solent University

Cormac Whelan

Cormac Whelan

Positive Youth Foundation

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Stories

Browse our collection of stories about football history and inclusion. With the history of football being made up of millions of stories, of individuals and communities, of movements and processes, we offer stories that can inspire our cultural conversations today.

Videos

Get to know untold stories where individuals are making history with football. When faced with insurmountable challenges, individuals past and present can use football as a cultural force to foster positive change in society. We honour these individuals and tell their ‘untold’ stories in short videos.

Educational Resources

Explore our innovative educational resources that use football’s history, heritage and legacy to engage young people. The resources include ready-made lesson plans and historical source collections for school history education as well as toolkit with activities for non-formal settings.

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