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FAIR PLAY: An European Goal
Start date: Jan 1, 2016, End date: Aug 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Over the years, SISU and BSJ gained a lot of experience in international youth work using the EU-funding opportunities. Both organisations where also involved in the project "street soccer for tolerance" and the expansion of the idea in other european countries. Meanwhile many organisations in Europe do use the street soccer for their youth work. Each of them adapted the rules to their local opportunities and needs. The German Soccer League studied the different approaches and finally made up a Fair Play street soccer tour. This tour is meanwhile very successful implemented in Germany and since the summer 2015 organised as a first international fair play event . SISU together with BSJ, both long-term partners on the international field using EU-Funding opportunities want to share this successful international event with other European partners and invite them to discuss the event from last summer and evaluate the approach in a constructive way with the first participants and with some new interested European partners. The project aims to strengthen the European network based on shared experience with non-formal and informal learning using street soccer activities with a sustainable European mobility as a core feature. In this perspective , the network wishes to deliver experience beneficial to future EU-actions within the field of "Youth in Action" and beyond. Mainly the objective of this network meeting is to provide an European scope by offering high quality transnational fair play street soccer events and educational tools by a clearly identifiable and sustainable concept, born by the work of organisations from across Europe and mainly driven from the the successful executions of the Fair Play soccer tour events in Germany and from the first European Fair Play Soccer Event in 2015. The idea is that the "Fair Play Soccer Tour" secures the general objectives of street soccer in the different countries. The methodological approach understands soccer as a tool for social integration, especially between young people. Therefore the focus is on community soccer as non-formal activity. An opportunity for the creation of new group and collective identities in its organizational and mobilizing dimension for building a new concept of citizenry and public life in a local, regional and international (European) dimension.The street, and public areas in general, are developing as new settings in which to learn how to cope with the tough demands of everyday life. Public space turns here a place for non-formal education. Youth exchanges, seminars and youth initiatives are some of the possibilities for a sustainable cooperation between the network partners.The EU-identity is strengthened within a shared life world, providing EU legitimacy to a broader set of European citizens from different European countries. The amount of socially vulnerable participants and their voluntary engagement in the different countries' projects indicate the degree of success of social inclusion through the street soccer events. This knowledge is shared within the network.Another core objective of this network is the aim to thoroughly connect youth from all European countries and regions in a network, fostering youth mobility and natural friendships.Securing the general objectives of the project, the network partners provide training of volunteers to execute the events as a core activity, which happens through the building of local teams of street volunteers with the practical and some conceptual responsibility for the execution of local events. Strategic partnerships could be a useful tool for development of training tools.
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