Celebrating the Good of the Game

 

streetfootballworld Festival 16 was a global celebration of football's positive potential. Jointly organised by streetfootballworld and Sport dans la Ville, the event brought together 70 delegations of disadvantaged young people who earned their place on the pitch through their commitment to using football to change the world for good. 

streetfootballworld Festival 16 is a global celebration of football's positive potential. Hosted by Sport da lans Ville, the event will bring together a global mix of disadvantaged young people who have earned their place on the pitch through their commitment to using football to change the world for good. Festival 16 is an official event of UEFA EURO 2016 and will take place in the heart of Lyon from June 28 to July 7. - See more at: http://www.streetfootballworld.org/festival16#sthash.JPANzfdn.dpuf
streetfootballworld Festival 16 is a global celebration of football's positive potential. Hosted by Sport da lans Ville, the event will bring together a global mix of disadvantaged young people who have earned their place on the pitch through their commitment to using football to change the world for good. Festival 16 is an official event of UEFA EURO 2016 and will take place in the heart of Lyon from June 28 to July 7. - See more at: http://www.streetfootballworld.org/festival16#sthash.JPANzfdn.dpuf
streetfootballworld Festival 16 is a global celebration of football's positive potential. Hosted by Sport da lans Ville, the event will bring together a global mix of disadvantaged young people who have earned their place on the pitch through their commitment to using football to change the world for good. Festival 16 is an official event of UEFA EURO 2016 and will take place in the heart of Lyon from June 28 to July 7. - See more at: http://www.streetfootballworld.org/festival16#sthash.JPANzfdn.dpuf
streetfootballworld Festival 16 is a global celebration of football's positive potential. Hosted by Sport da lans Ville, the event will bring together a global mix of disadvantaged young people who have earned their place on the pitch through their commitment to using football to change the world for good. Festival 16 is an official event of UEFA EURO 2016 and will take place in the heart of Lyon from June 28 to July 7. - See more at: http://www.streetfootballworld.org/festival16#sthash.JPANzfdn.dpuf
streetfootballworld Festival 16 is a global celebration of football's positive potential. Hosted by Sport da lans Ville, the event will bring together a global mix of disadvantaged young people who have earned their place on the pitch through their commitment to using football to change the world for good. Festival 16 is an official event of UEFA EURO 2016 and will take place in the heart of Lyon from June 28 to July 7.   - See more at: http://www.streetfootballworld.org/festival16#sthash.JPANzfdn.dpuf
streetfootballworld Festival 16 is a global celebration of football's positive potential. Hosted by Sport da lans Ville, the event will bring together a global mix of disadvantaged young people who have earned their place on the pitch through their commitment to using football to change the world for good. Festival 16 is an official event of UEFA EURO 2016 and will take place in the heart of Lyon from June 28 to July 7.   - See more at: http://www.streetfootballworld.org/festival16#sthash.JPANzfdn.dpuf
streetfootballworld Festival 16 is a global celebration of football's positive potential. Hosted by Sport da lans Ville, the event will bring together a global mix of disadvantaged young people who have earned their place on the pitch through their commitment to using football to change the world for good. Festival 16 is an official event of UEFA EURO 2016 and will take place in the heart of Lyon from June 28 to July 7.   - See more at: http://www.streetfootballworld.org/festival16#sthash.JPANzfdn.dpuf

streetfootballworld Festival 16

 

From June 28th to July 7th 2016, 94 football for good organisations from around the world came together to celebrate the power of football for good in Lyon, France.

 

Festival 16 united 70 delegations from 50 countries to give more than 400 participants from disadvantaged communities a unique opportunity to learn, to take part in a multicultural experience, and to understand the global dimension of football for good. Festival 16 was organised jointly by Sport dans la Ville and streetfootballworld.

 

 

Festival 16 was the largest-ever gathering of the streetfootballworld network, featuring representatives from 90 network members. This wide representation was crucial for the event’s lofty goals: building a blueprint for the future of both the network and the field of football for good, and establishing opportunities for future collaboration. At the core of discussions was the theme of strengthening cooperation and working together towards a common goal in order to increase the impact of football for good globally.

 

The importance of the festival goes far beyond its impact on the participants who attended the festival. During one of the most important worldwide sports events, the UEFA EURO 2016, public and corporate partners from the football industry and beyond came to witness the impact of football for good and reaffirm their commitment to social responsibility and the field of football for good.

 

 

ABOUT THE ORGANISERS

 

STREETFOOTBALLWORLD

streetfootballworld is the home of a global network of over 115 community organisations that use football to help young people change their lives and their communities. Through its global network, streetfootballworld empowers over 2.1 million  disadvantaged young people every year.

 

In 1994 Colombian defender Andrés Escobar scored an own-goal against the United States at the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the USA. Months later, as a consequence of the own goal he was murdered in Medellin. streetfootballworld Founder Juergen Griesbeck, who lived in Colombia, decided to turn tragedy into a mission for good. He created streetfootballworld to connect and support a global network of organizations that use football - the world’s most popular sport - to strengthen communities and improve the lives of marginalised young people.

 

Transformed into the global network we are today, we believe that all levels of society need to join forces in order to break the downward spiral of social exclusion and poverty and to positively impact social change for our society’s young generation – from high-level politics and international foundations to local businesses, philanthropy, social services and local civil society organisations. At the core of such positive impact is the phenomenon of transnational exchange, cross-border cooperation and peer-to-peer learning that includes a variety of innovative best practices and fosters capacity development.

 

As the world’s leader in the field of football for good, streetfootballworld connects more than 115 organisations from over 70 countries that address issues in the areas of education, peace-building, social inclusion, gender equality, health and youth leadership as parts of their daily sport programmes. By connecting our member organisations to partners from the worlds of sport, business, politics and philanthropy, we bring global support to local initiatives and act as a single body of expertise in the field of sport and non-formal education. The aim of our sport-based development initiatives is to transform the lives of individuals with fewer opportunities from around the world, increasing their chances and consolidating an environment of safe and sustainable livelihood. 

 

streetfootballworld works in alliance with partners and funders from a variety of sectors, e.g. the European Commission, German Foreign Office, German Ministry for Economic Development and Cooperation, U.S. State Department, UEFA, national football associations, Adidas, Sony, Hyundai, Beyond Sport, Ashoka, and more.

 

The success of streetfootballworld’s projects, network and staff has been internationally praised for the pioneering work that connects grassroots and amateur sport with social inclusion and structural development. We have received recognitions such as the European Parliament’s European Citizen’s Prize (2013), the UEFA Monaco Charity Award (2011), the Global Sports Award for Philanthropy and Cooperation through Sport (2010), and the Laureus Sport for Good Award (2006). Founder and CEO, Jürgen Griesbeck has also been recognised by Ashoka, Synergos and the Schwab Foundation, which named him European Social Entrepreneur of the Year in 2011.

 

 

SPORT DANS LA VILLE

For 18 years, Sport dans la Ville has been France’s leading non-profit serving disadvantaged kids through sports and job-readiness training. Its programmes are dedicated to serving young people at every stage of their development.Every week, young people aged 7-20 in 25 of the most deprived areas of the Rhone-Alpes region can participate in football and basket-ball programmes free of charge. Local, free participation in sports such as football serves as the initial attraction as well as the impetus for further engagement.

 

Sport dans la Ville intends meets young people within their neighborhoods to have a stronger and greater impact.

 

Sport dans la Ville’s sports centres are located in the heart of disadvantaged neighbourhoods. Its approach creates the close contact necessary to build trusting relationships with young people.

 

Sport dans la Ville organises vacations and summer camps to support the development of each child and to offer them new experiences and new worlds. The aim is to develop their desire for success and work and to excel in their lives.

 

This personalised long-term relationship (from 7 to 25 years old) is the key to success for the youth. Sport dans la Ville is present throughout their childhood and teenage years to guide them in the best way possible until they reach their adult life. All young people over 15 years of age enter a job-inclusion programme that will help them get a diploma and get access to the job market. Sport dans la Ville uses sport to encourage participants to avoid anti-social behaviour and to value teamwork, leadership and social integration.

The impact of Festival 16 was diverse and dynamic, making a positive difference to not only the young participants in attendance but also their delegations and communities. 

 

 

IMPACT ON YOUTH

 

Festival 16 helped young people develop into young leaders in their communities:

 

  • 500 young participants from disadvantaged communities took part in Festival 16
  • 300 young people from Lyon took part in the community engagement programme of Festival 16 
  • 100% of the participants indicated that they had broadened their horizons through new cross-cultural friendships
  • 97% of young leaders feel more confident communicating with people who do not speak the same language
  • 96% of young leaders feel more confident mediating conflict on and off the pitch

 

 

IMPACT ON FOOTBALL FOR GOOD ORGANISATIONS

 

Festival 16 strengthened 100 organisations implementing football for good programmes:

 

  • 100 organisations actively examined the intersection of football for good with technology, employability and the refugee crisis at the Football for Good summit
  • 100 organisation worked intensely with at least 30 other organisations, resulting in international collaborations across 5 continents 
  • 5 new member organisations from Africa (1), Europe (2), and Latin America (2) officially joined the streetfootballworld network during Festival 16
  • 118 organisations made a collective commitment to the future of football for good
  • 50+  international and local press and media reported on the festival, increasing the reputation and visibility of the participating organisations 
  • 100% of the representatives attending the festival indicated that meeting in person during the festival was beneficial for their daily work

 

 

IMPACT IN THE COMMUNITIES

 

The experience gained by young participants and organisations at Festival 16 will have a lasting impact on their local communities:

 

  • 97% of organisations are committed to using the football3 methodology as a proven tool for addressing social challenges within communities
  • 100% of young leaders developed collective projects to drive social change in their communities
  • 83% of young leaders are planning to implement their own projects to support the development of their communities 
  • Participants and organisations from more than 100 communities and 50 countries say they will share the experiences and skills, creating a potential impact on 100,000 young people around the world.
 

 

The action-packed Festival 16 programme included:

 

 

Youth Forum

 

The Youth Forum 2016 took place in parallel to Festival 16 from June 28th to July 7th and gathered 90 young leaders aged 18-32. The Youth Forum included three main components: training the trainers in football3, a youth leadership programme, and developing community projects.

 

 

Delegations Exchange Programme

 

The exchange programme for delegations took place from July 1st to July 4th and included a number of activities aimed at facilitating the integration of participants, encouraging dialogue and understanding between the many different cultures, getting to know France, and preparing the mixed teams for the football3 tournament.

 

 

General Assembly 2016

 

The streetfootballworld General Assembly 2016 took place on July 3rd. Festival 16 was the best context to discuss the future of the network, elect the new Network Board and validate the new statues. The General Assembly 2016 demonstrated the commitment of the streetfootballworld network to continue working together and the benefits of such cooperation.

 

 

Football for Good Summit

 

The Football for Good Summit 2016 took place on July 4th and aimed at discussing some of the most important topics on the football for good current agenda: technology, employability and the refugee crisis. The Summit brought 100 representatives from sport for development organisations, public and corporate partners, press and football fans together to discuss the future of football for good and its impact on each one of these topics.

 

 

football3 Tournament

 

The football3 tournament was awas the grand finale of the festival on July 5th and 6th. The tournament was played according to football3 rules and included 35 mixed teams formed by three or four different countries in each team and an equal number of males and females. This unique way of playing football demonstrated the power of football to overcome language, culture and communication barriers.

The entire streetfootballworld network was invited to come together to celebrate the power of football for social change. Each member of the network was eligible to send a delegation consisting of four players (2 female and 2 male), one young leader and one delegation leader.

 

 

Players

 

Festival 16 was more than a football tournament. It was a celebration of football’s power to bring people together. The players were involved in a variety of sporting, cultural and educational activities during a very busy festival week. They experienced a long journey and a new environment and they interacted with young people from all around the world speaking many different languages. Players did not play with their delegation in the football3 tournament but instead in mixed teams with players from several different delegations from around the world.

 

 

Young Leaders

 

Each young leader was asked to take on a number of important responsibilities. Beyond assisting with the coordination of their delegations, they formed part of the festival organising team, delivering activities and acting as mediators during the football3 tournament. In order to prepare their contribution to the festival, all young leaders arrived in Lyon three days prior to their delegation. They then took part in a training programme that included sessions on football3, their role as mediators and enhancing exchange between the delegations.

 

 

Delegation Leaders

 

As the title suggests, the primary responsibility of the delegations leaders was to lead their delegations. This included being in close contact with the festival organisers and preparing the delegations for the festival. Once in Lyon, they took part in all relevant meetings and ensured the welfare of their delegations. Undertaking such a journey invariably brings challenges. The delegation leaders were also responsible for overcoming these together with the organisers. And they ended up demonstrating strong relationships with the players to ensure their positive contribution to the festival. The festival was also a wonderful opportunity for networking and a number of sessions were organised for delegation leaders to exchange with the other participating organisations.

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