Category Archives: Europe

What Girls Say

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Football unites! Girls between the age of 8 and 12 experienced that during the DISCOVER FOOTBALL festival as well.

“We life football” – “Girls Power” – “Same Rights for Girls”

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Committed clubs from Kreuzberg offer female football fans from neighbourhood access to the game and open spaces for exchange. Already for the third time we brought girls from different schools of Kreuzberg together. With this special football camp Seitenwechsel e.V. with the support of DISCOVER FOOTBALL accomplished some important pioneering work, as girl´s still have difficulties to access traditional sport opportunities. Continue reading

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SIGNS – Learning how to communicate in football visually or verbally

For many women playing football is more than just a sport. Playing football means to claim spaces in society that are usually reserved for men. Oftentimes, to stand up for the “right to play football” goes hand in hand with the commitment to women’s rights, equality and against discrimination. In order to strengthen this commitment, during the DISCOVER FOOTBALL Festival in 2015 we have organized a manifold workshop program. Empowerment of women is not just the central subject of these workshops but also their realization guideline: By the great majority the workshops are constituted as “women-only-spaces”. This gives the players the opportunity to get to know each other and to exchange their experiences with other players as well as with Berlinbased initiatives.

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beyond (b)orders – Program and Highlights

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ENTRANCE AND BARRIER-FREE!
Unser ganzes Programm ist kostenlos und erfordert keine Anmeldung. Wir freuen uns dennoch sehr über eine Spende! Das Festivalgelände ist barrierefrei!

The programme is cost-free and open to anyone without registration. We are happy about donations! The venue is barrier-free!



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beyond (b)orders – Über 100 Fußballspielerinnen aus der ganzen Welt zu Gast in Berlin

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Berlin, 23.6.2015 – DISCOVER FOOTBALL lädt zum 4. Internationalen Frauen*-Fußball-Kultur-Festival beyond (b)orders vom 30.6. bis 5.7. im Willy-Kressmann-Stadion in Berlin-Kreuzberg, mit Fußballturnier, Open-Air Kino, live Konzerten, Ausstellung, Podiumsdiskussionen und Zuschauer_innen-Turnier ein. Der Eintritt ist für alle frei.

Während in Kanada zur Frauenfußballweltmeisterschaft die letzten, entscheidenden Spiele stattfinden, treffen sich vom 30. Juni bis 5. Juli in Berlin-Kreuzberg mehr als 100 unabhängige Fußballspielerinnen und Trainerinnen aus 25 Ländern u.a. aus Argentinien, Brasilien, Burkina Faso, China, Kambodscha, Norwegen, Serbien, Tansania, Tibeterinnen aus Indien, und Südafrika, um von einander zu lernen, sich über Ländergrenzen hinweg zu vernetzen, und in einem Freundschaftsfußballturnier ihre Kräfte zu messen. Auch dabei sind Spielerinnen von Frau am Ball und Champions ohne Grenzen. Mit dem DISCOVER FOOTBALL-Frauen*-Fußball-Kultur-Festival beyond (b)orders möchte Discover Football in und mit seiner Leidenschaft Fußball soziale und politische Grenzen für Frauen in Sport und Gesellschaft überwinden. Aus diesem Grund treffen sich die Spielerinnen, Coaches und individuellen Aktivist_innen in neuen Teamkonstellationen wieder. Continue reading

Der DFC Kreuzberg beim Champions League Finale der Frauen

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Field report from the UEFA Respect and Diversity Conference

During the two-day event (10th and 11th of September in Rome) organized by UEFA, with the support of the Fare network and FIFPro, the world players’ union, and hosted by the Italian Football Federation, 250 representatives from within football, political and governmental organizations, experts and Fare member delegates representing NGOs and minority groups met in Rome to find solutions and plan actions against discrimination in football.

For DISCOVER FOOTBALL, Pia Mann participated as a delegate in the conference. In the following interview she talks about Michel Platini, quota for more diversity in leadership positions and dress codes.

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1. Berliner Flüchtlings-Sport Kongress

In Berlin leben rund 10.000 Flüchtlinge in über 40 Sammelunterkünften sowie weitere 8500 in ihren eigenen Wohnungen. Der Lebensalltag der meist jungen Flüchtlingen ist gekennzeichnet durch die (gewollte) räumliche- und soziale Isolation in den Sammelunterkünften, geringer Zugang zur Kultur-, Bildungs- und Hilfsangeboten, Verständigungsschwierigkeiten aufgrund fehlender Sprachkenntnisse, psychische Belastung als Folge von Flucht und Vertreibung, Unsicherheit in Bezug auf den Aufenthaltsstatus, geringe finanzielle Möglichkeiten und fehlende Arbeits- und Ausbildungserlaubnis.

Für Flüchtlinge ist das Fußballspielen eine Abwechslung zum oft tristen und unsicheren Lebensalltag. Doch obwohl Fußball insbesondere unter den Jüngeren sehr beliebt ist, spielen nur wenige Flüchtlinge in einem Sportverein. Dabei bietet das Mitspielen in einem Team den Flüchtlingen die Möglichkeit einer aktiven Freizeitgestaltung und leistet somit einen wesentlichen Beitrag zur Verbesserung der gesellschaftlichen Teilhabe. Sport kann Flüchtlingen helfen, in bestehende und funktionierende Gruppen einzutreten, neue Sozial-räume zu erschließen, am öffentlichen Leben teilzunehmen, Kontakte aufzubauen und somit in der Bevölkerung und in der der neuen Heimat Fuß zu fassen.

Auf dem ersten Flüchtlings- Sport- Kongress sollen die Möglichkeiten, wie der organisierte Sport und insbesondere der Fußball Flüchtlingen bei der Integration helfen kann, diskutiert werden. Champions ohne Grenzen möchte die Chance nutzen, um erstmalig Verantwortliche aus Sportvereinen, Sozial- und Wohlfahrtsverbänden und Verwaltung sowie Flüchtlinge, engagierte Einzelpersonen und Initiativen der Flüchtlingsarbeit zusammenzubringen. Eine problem- und lösungsorientierte Debatte, in welcher konkrete Pläne und langfristige Projekte zur Reduzierung von Zugangsbarrieren für Geflüchtete entwickelt werden, sind die wichtigsten Anliegen der Konferenz. 

Der Kongress findet am 10. Oktober von 15 bis 20 Uhr im Berliner Abgeordneten Haus statt.

Leading players address discrimination in Football

A video featuring leading players and a prominent Fare member group has been launched as part of the Football People campaign.

The five minute long clip addresses discrimination on the grounds of homophobia, sexism and racism through the personal experiences of three footballers and an anti-discrimination group.

Arsenal Ladies FC and England international Casey Stoney, former Germany international Thomas Hitzlsperger, and Manchester City and Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Touré give testimonies and talk about the way forward to bring about a change.

The Football People video also explores issues around the marginalisation of ethnic minorities in Europe and football’s potential to help overcome social exclusion through the Bucharest-based Policy Center for Roma and Minorities, which works to improve the lives of the Roma communities.

‘We are Football People’
Football associations, professional leagues and clubs, and fellow footballers will be joining Stoney, Hitzlsperger and Touré by lending their support to the largest series of sports anti-discrimination activities in Europe, declaring themselves to be Football People.

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Boltzplatz Ralley am 26.9. in Berlin

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Fare delegation meets in Rome as part of ‘Respect Diversity’ conference

Over 70 Fare delegates representing 28 European countries met in Rome this week ( on 10 September), ahead of the UEFA 2014 Respect Diversity conference, to receive an update on work progress and to discuss areas of strategy for the coming months.

The meeting, lead by Fare Chairperson Howard Holmes, took a broader look at the organisation’s work for 2014/15 through an update on financial matters, an overview of the Fare Observer Scheme first year outcomes and second season plan; the 2014 Football People action weeks campaign in October and funding opportunities made available to members, such as the newly created ethnic minority grants.

The current three Fare ambassadors, which include the former Ghana international Anthony Baffoe, former England B international and Chelsea captain Paul Elliott and Belgian striking legend Mbo Mpenza, were presented to the delegates along with a plan to approach three female players and an LGBT ambassador over the next year.

On the network’s strategy, Paul Elliott said: “We are all mindful that there have been great changes in the fight against discrimination but also that the challenges have become greater and broader in other areas and so it is pleasing to see Fare’s efforts to expand its network of partners, build relationships and lead the way”.

During the meeting the delegates, selected to reflect the diversity of the networks activities and expertise at the Respect Diversity conference, were advised on the procedures, opportunities and expected outcomes of the event.

A number of wider suggestions, including the development of a ‘report discrimination’ mobile app; the activation of an LGBT group under the Fare umbrella; and the increase of female representation, a long-term goal of Fare, in initiatives such as the Fare Observer scheme, were made and discussed among the participants.

http://ht.ly/BjkY6 Farenet Septmeber 12th 2014