Grassroots clubs in Scotland are being invited to apply for grants for the ‘Football Including Refugees’ (FIRE) project.
The FIRE project promotes football as a means of inclusion, participation, socialisation and access to sport for asylum-seekers, refugees and migrants. With over 150,000 direct participants and more than 2,000 events in over 60 countries, it is the largest campaign of its kind in football.
The main objective of the project is to support grassroots football organisations and foster cross-sector partnerships between every involved sector by creating a network for mutual enrichment of participants. To do so, FIRE will be creating a freely accessible MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) specifically elaborated for grassroots football clubs and organisations who seek some support and guidance to implement an initiative, or programme, which strives to include refugees, migrants and asylum-seekers.
Having started in January 2019, the project brings together a strong consortium that includes the Scottish FA, alongside others including: Sport and Citizenship Think tank, the Fare Network; Royal Belgian Football Association; LaLiga Foundation; Romanian Football Federation; Fundacja Dla Wolnosci, and the ESSCA School of Management. In addition to project partners the project received the endorsement and official support of UEFA, the DFB-Stiftung Egidius Braun, and Alliance Europa during the application stage.
FIRE are looking for grassroots organisations to apply for a grant and participate in an intervention during the #FootballPeople weeks. They are specifically looking for clubs and organisations from Scotland to organise activities around the inclusion of refugees/ migrants through football.
#FootballPeople weeks in 2019 will take place from the 10th to the 24th October. The deadline to apply is 11 August.
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