12 October 2016

The conflict in East Ukraine has forced over 1.7 million people to flee their homes over the last two years, giving Ukraine the fourth-highest number of internally displaced people (IDPs) in the world. In the midst of this ongoing European conflict, football is helping ease the trauma of internally displaced young people.

 

With the support of the GIZ on behalf of the German Federal Government, streetfootballworld is working in partnership with its network member Cross Cultures Project Association (CCPA) to bring those displaced by the conflict and the host communities closer together.

 

Activities are taking place in the three Eastern oblasts of Kharkiv, Dnipro (Dnipropetrovsk) and Zaporizhia where CCPA is implementing its Open Fun Football Schools (OFFS) as a point of entry to local communities. The aim is to mobilise and connect people across divides and to facilitate social activities that help stimulate social integration, equality and cohesion.

 

As part of the project’s initiation, from September 30 to October 2,120 teachers and youth football coaches were trained to implement the planned programmes. OFFS will facilitate friendship and co-operation between people living in divided communities, offering weekly inclusive football events, special excursions and experiences, training kits, and psychological and social support for internally displaced young people while also engaging parents, municipalities, schools and the Football Federation of Ukraine. The training, which took place at the RSC Metalist stadium and on the pitches of local children's football academy, was an exciting first step in making a real difference in this troubled region.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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