1 March 2016

streetfootballworld has helped unite two leading organisations in the field of football for good: Sport the Bridge and Futbol pro Rozvoj. 

 

The Czech association for voluntary activities INEX-SDA runs an annual one-month summer campaign together with Kenyan NGO Mathare Youth Sports Association (MYSA), where they organise football tournaments and other football for good activities in various regions of the Czech Republic. Starting in 2017, these activities will be expanded substantially.

 

In order to develop new concepts leading to the expansion, INEX-SDA initiated a partnership with Sport – The Bridge. It consists of three workshops happening between November 2015 and June 2016. Sport – The Bridge’s role is to transfer specific know-how on how to use football for tackling social issues (KRAFT model) as well as giving inputs on the implementation of the new expanded program (Laureus Street Soccer by infoklick.ch).

 

Workshop participants include project responsibles and volunteers from INEX-SDA, social workers from different regions of the Czech Republic as well as experts from both countries. In short, three main goals are on the agenda:

 

  • Provide social workers with a sport-pedagogical tool for their needs in the daily work with clients

  • Plan and implement a nation-wide street football league for youth at risk  

  • Strengthen the cooperation between beneficiaries, young leaders, the Czech 'low-threshold clubs' (similar to youth centres), INEX-SDA as well as international partners

 

Štěpán Kyncl, project coordinator at INEX-SDA for 'Fotbal pro rozvoj' (Football for Development) says: "I think the process is going well. Having the Swiss experts here is something new and unique for us and our partners. I feel that there is a lot of contribution and plenty of inspiration, as they have a lot of know-how and experience. They are also helpful in mirroring our thoughts assisting us to gain a critical view on our ambitions. The main principle of this partnership is to further develop football for development activities. From this point of view, I am happy that also our Swiss partner takes some inspiration back home. This all constitutes the big added value of this partnership."

 

The 2012 Eurocamp in Poland, organised by streetfootballworld, laid the ground for this Czech-Swiss partnership as volunteers from both organisations were involved there. Three years later, this friendship lead to launch a fruitful partnership. Moreover, it turned out that both organisations were indirectly linked through their ties with East African Sport and Development programmes. Sport – The Bridge runs a long-term programme for street children in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and INEX-SDA has a strong partnership with MYSA, one of the biggest sport association worldwide working with young people. As both African organisations work together in the East African streetfootballworld network, the time has come for their European counterparts to forge a direct partnership.

"I feel that there is a lot of contribution and plenty of inspiration"

Štěpán Kyncl
Project coordinator at INEX-SDA
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