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.
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.
- 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.
We seek to provide user-friendly information about innovative educational resources that use football’s history to advance social inclusion and equality, raise awareness on such and similar educational practices and offer historical and societal perspectives on how educators can engage meaningful conversations.
The stories and resources we create seek to:
- Establish historical significance.
- Use primary source evidence.
- Identify continuity and change.
- Analyze cause and consequence.
- Take historical perspectives.
- Understand the ethical dimension of historical interpretations.
- Present information as objective as possible.
- Raise questions that stimulate critical thinking.
- Be careful to not be drawn into controversially/charged debates.
- Maintain professional standards.
- Assess the need of emotionally charged and controversial terms.
- Present and describe facts (based on historical evidence) and limit opinions unless it is an opinion reported (in brackets with the author).
- Take into account transnational/European appeal.
- Apply cultural/linguistic sensitivity, providing content in English which is readable to non-native audience.
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.
Ute Ackermann Boeros
Thomas Babilla Sama
African Association of Central Finland
Private Elementary School with kindergarten of Maria Montessori
Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca
National Children's Football Alliance CIC
University of Graz
Student Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam
Istituto Comprensivo Zola Pedrosa
History Teachers' Association of Northern Ireland
Agustin De Julio
Gian Marco Duina
Costantin Florin Sari
Romanian Football Federation
Dolores Galindo Fontán
Dragones de Lavapiés
Fernando Gallego Pedraza
Sevilla Futbol Club
Geir Ove Halvorsen
Valle Hovin VGS, Oslo
KU Leuven-Policy in Sports and Physical Activity Research Group
Elementary School Veli Vrh Pula
Eintracht Frankfurt Museum
University of Bolton
Fritz Bauer Institut
Eintracht Frankfurt Museum
Juan Carlos Ocaña
IES Parque de Lisboa
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Community Action to Inspire Hope
Romanian Football Federation
Stichting Voortgezet Onderwijs Parkstad Limburg
University of Konstanz
NI Museum of North Macedonia Skopje
Kopavogur High School
Eintracht Frankfurt Museum
Niels Van Muijden
Anne Frank House
Positive Youth Foundation
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