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Network meeting: Fair Play soccer tour
Start date: 01 Aug 2014, End date: 31 Jan 2015 PROJECT  FINISHED 

International youth work is one of the milestones of the BSJ (Sportjugend Brandenburg). Over the years they gained a lot of experience in international youth work using the tool "street soccer" and using the EU-funding opportunities. Meanwhile many organisations 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 very successful implemented in 9 of 16 federal states already. Together with the BSJ they want to share this successful and meanwhile mature tour with international partners and invite them do discuss the different approaches. 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 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. 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. The focus was on partners having experiences in organising local events, having experiences working with young people with less opportunities, having experiences using networks. More than 25 organisations were invited to become partners as far as they were interested in the fair-play concept, interested to improve and develop cooperation between the network partners, interested to exchange good practices, interested to make street soccer as an educational tool popular and accessible all over Europe. The project hosted 18 different organisations and invited were 2 participants per organisation. Activities sticked to the description of activities in the application and timetable. The project had 3 working days (excluding travel days), where the following activities were carried. Presentation of the Fair Play soccer tour (incl. the educational value) - Power Point + Film + example Explaining cooperation possibilities for the network - local networking/national and international networking Group discussion - reflections and questions in plenum Practical experience in smaller groups - a real game will show better what happens to the young people whilst playing the game Work Shop - exchange good practice with street soccer events - first in smaller groups, results presented in plenum Presentation of Erasmus+ (Power Point + examples) Reflection and question time in plenum Work Shops - possibilities for the individual organisation/for the network (kind of brain storming - wishful thinking) - first in smaller groups, results presented in plenum. (space for active participation, creativity and initiative) Résumé of the meeting - further actions - evaluation
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