The project aims to link the ‘worlds’ of youth work and football, so as to foster constructive and mutually beneficial cooperation between them, with a specific interest in supporting youth participation, social inclusion and women’s empowerment. Through this cooperation, the partners expect that the outcome of this project will be beneficial for young people, girls/women and under-represented groups, in their realms.
The Game Changing project includes two events that are designed to enable youth work practitioners, representatives of National Football Federations/Associations and young changemakers to learn from each other, to exchange best practices, as well as to initiate and develop collaborative projects in the framework of the Erasmus+ EU Programme, as well as of other programmes from the football and youth sectors:
Phase I: Contact Making Event (CME), to be held in Cyprus, 7 – 11 May 2019.
Phase II: Seminar in Turkey, in June/July 2019 (TBC).
- The creation of a network of 10 “young champions”/ young changemakers.
- A better recognition of the important role that youth work plays in society (value creation, young people’s development and sense of belonging to society, etc.).
- A new culture that will result from merging the youth field and football, characterised by innovative participation methods, such as co-management, deliberative participation, co-creation, participatory spaces, etc.
- A review of programmes, structures and processes in line with best practice in diversity, equality, solidarity and inclusion.
- An increase in young people actively engaged in policy, governance, decision making and programme implementation in football.
- Better representation and engagement of young people in the structures of football (specifically females and ethnic minority groups).
- The development of a common research agenda between the “worlds” of football and youth work.
- A variety of developments by National Football Federations/Associations that will result from this project, i.e. setting up youth councils, developing more inclusive policies and programmes, setting up youth and female leadership programmes, etc..
- The development of follow-up projects, e.g. cross-sector collaborative projects, toolkits, research maps, etc.
|“Game Changing Project”: Contact Making Event, Cyprus: 7 – 11 May, 2019|
|7 May||Arrival of participants||INFORMAL NETWORKING EVENING|
|8 May||09:30 – 09:45 OPENING CEREMONY
Welcome by host country
09:45 – 10:15 INTERVIEW PANEL
10:15 – 10:45 INTRODUCTION
12:00 – 13:00 KEYNOTE SPEECH: “Pioneering Change”
|14:30 – 15:15 KEYNOTE SPEECH: “Using sports to promote women’s empowerment, participation and social inclusion”
by Natalie Christopher, Cyprus Girls Can (CY)
Q & A
15:15 – 16:00 KEYNOTE SPEECH: “The Social Impact of Football” by Liam McGroarty (UEFA)
Q & A
16:00 – 16:30 Coffee break
16:30 NETWORKING ACTIVITIES
An interactive session allowing sport and youth work representatives to take the first steps towards collaborative projects.
|9 May|| 09:00 Departure by bus, via Kofinou Refugee Camp for the
VISIT TO GSP NATIONAL STADIUM
10:15 – 10:45: “Insights on Football and Women’s Empowerment in Cyprus” (Froso Ppekri, Cyprus Women’s Football Development Representative of the Cyprus Football Association & George Papageorgiou, Acting President of Apollon Ladies FC)
10:45 – 12:15 “It’s not all about YOU” – Inclusive Football Exercises
(Liam Moggan, ex. Coaching Ireland & Constantinos Charalambides, Strategic Manager, Cyprus Football Association)
Refreshments & snacks will be available in lieu of a coffee break.
12:15 – 12:30 GSP STADIUM TOUR
12:30 Departure & Reflection on the bus
13:15 – 14:30 Lunch break (back at the hotel)
|WORKSHOPS FOR CAPACITY & ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT (3 in parallel in each round, 1h 30’ each)
14:30 – 16:00 FIRST ROUND OF WORKSHOPS
16:00 – 16:30 Coffee break
Dinner 19:00 – 20:00
|20:00 KEYNOTE SPEECH: “Changing the game in football – the Romanian experience”
by Razvan Burleanu, President of Romanian Football Federation (FRF)
20:30 Connection Evening
An informal opportunity for people to engage with each other and to build networks
|10 May||09:30 – 13:00 PARALLEL WORKSHOPS (INDOOR/OUTDOOR)
An opportunity for the youth workers, the representatives of the Football Associations and the young changemakers participating in the event to showcase their experience and knowledge in the fields of women’s and youth empowerment, youth engagement and participation and social inclusion of underrepresented groups.
09:30 – 11:00 First round of workshops
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break
11:30 – 13:00 Second round of workshops
13:00 – 14:30 Lunch break
|14:30 – 15:10 PROJECT & COOPERATION DEVELOPMENT
Initiating common projects in the fields of youth and football to be developed further in the next stages of the Game Changing Project.
15:10 – 16:30 OPEN SPACE
A method for participants to share their practices and ideas according to principles of personal responsibility.
16:30 – 17:00 Coffee break
17:00 – 18:00 Short round of results.
Evaluation & Closing.
|19:30 Farewell dinner out in a local restaurant.|
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Successful launch of ‘Game Changing Project’
by the Youth Board of Cyprus
The kick-off event for the new Game Changing Project, was completed with great success on Wednesday the 8th of May, in Larnaca.
The Conference was organised by the Youth Board of Cyprus, within the framework of Erasmus+ Youth Cyprus, between the 7th and 10th of May and consists of a collaboration between the National Services of Cyprus, Turkey, Italy and Portugal from the Erasmus+ EU programme and UEFA, with the support of the Football Federations of Cyprus, UK and Romania.
The Project aims to link the ‘worlds’ of youth work and football, so as to foster constructive and mutually beneficially cooperation between the two, with a specific interest in supporting youth participation, social inclusion and the empowerment of women and under-represented groups.
The Game Changing Project also enables youth work practitioners, representatives of National Football Federations and young changemakers, to exchange best practices and develop future collaborations in the framework of the Erasmus+ programme as well as other programmes from the football and youth sectors.
More specifically, the Project aims for a better recognition of the important role that youth work plays in society today, the creation of a new culture that will result from merging the youth field and football, as well as an increase in young people actively engaged in policy, governance and decision making.
During the launch, the Executive Director of the Youth Board of Cyprus, Mr. Menelaos Menelaou stated that: “it is obvious that a collaboration between the sectors of youth and football will led to better results, better athletes and better people. We are stronger together. It is not an option. It is a necessity.”
On behalf of the Cyprus Federation of Football, Mr. Constantinos Charalambides stated that the Federation aims to further strengthen women’s football as well as the overall participation of woman in sports. Mr. Charalambides also referred to the Federation’s operational strategy, explaining that one of its main pillars is to actively participate in youth programs that focus on social development and integration.
The Game Changing Project includes representatives from Cyprus, Georgia, Israel, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Turkey and the UK.