Europe’s generation aged between 15 and 24 faces a plethora of structural challenges. This group of roughly 94 million Europeans lives in a fully globalized society and has been hit hard by the effects of the economic crisis. As a result, more than 4.5 million young people are unemployed today in the EU. Although the latest news on youth unemployment are encouraging (with a decrease over the last two years from more than 23% to less than 21% today) the unemployment rate in the EU remains very high.

 

Furthermore, there has been a surge of young people not in employment, education or training (NEETs) in the EU which incurs high costs and affects not only the individual, but society as a whole. These young people are vulnerable to a wide range of negative social conditions, such as social exclusion, crime, and mental and physical health problems. More than 7 million young people in the EU between 15 and 24 are in this situation. 11% of those between 18 and 24 are early school leavers.

 

To address these challenges, streetfootballworld has joined forces with community organisations throughout the continent to launch Team Up for NEETs– a pan-European project, supported by ERAMUS+ in the framework of Strategic Partnerships for Youth. The project targets youth workers, teachers and NGOs working with young Europeans who are not in education, employment or training (NEETS) and equips them with the skills they need to build new paths towards a sustainable livelihood. Through a combination of non-formal education, sport-based youth work and employability training, the programme offers an innovative approach to Europe’s most pressing social challenge.

 

The primary focus of “Team Up for NEETs!” will be the development of a shared toolkit of best practices to increase youth employability through football based programmes and and an impact measurement framework for football for good organisations working to reduce youth unemployment. Team Up for NEETs is being developed jointly by eight network member organisations: Sport dans la Ville (France), Albion in the Community (UK), Sport 4 Life (UK), Sports Against Racism Ireland (Ireland), Oltalom Sports Association (Hungary), CAIS (Portugal), RheinFlanke (Germany) and Red Deporte y Cooperación (Spain).

 

Team Up for NEETs! will provide the opportunity to share knowledge and best practices between partner organisations in order to increase their expertise in the field, improve their programmes and extend their impact. Throughout the funding period, members of Team Up for NEETs! will meet in Germany, France, the UK, Hungary and Ireland, in order to develop the toolkit and better understand the programmes and activities of all of the partner organisations.

 

The toolkit will be launched in October 2017.

"Football has the power to bring people together and instill them with a sense of civic engagement. This is why streetfootballworld is so important to our society."

Martin Schulz
Former President of the European Parliament

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