Football for Unity
Football for Unity, co-funded by the EU and the UEFA foundation enables pan-European collaboration, cross-border exchange and peer-to-peer learning to help unite and develop the capacities of relevant European stakeholders, eager to improve their sport-based social inclusion programmes to produce more positive outcomes for migrants in their local communities.
The aim was to unite and capacitate local stakeholder groups to plan, organise and implement their own local legacy sport programmes and impactful events in the context of UEFA EURO in 2021. The project brought together young migrants and young Europeans in seven European capital cities in a series of local football-based programmes, youth forums, integration activities and football for inclusion tournaments (utilising methodologies such as football3) to demonstrate football’s unique ability to promote equality and social inclusion. The young participants were able to interact, learn from one another, acquire life skills and become agents of change and community building.