FMH Toolkit

Toolkit for using historical and cultural heritage dimensions of football to enhance social inclusion and promote diversity in non-formal settings.

Introduction

This toolkit is developed by Fare network as part of the Football Makes History project funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, in cooperation with a group of European developers who have designed and developed the activities listed in this toolkit.

Sport – and particularly football – appeals to millions of Europeans, regardless of their sexual orientation, colour, gender, age, nationality or religion, often becoming a defining factor of identities and communities. The rich local cultural heritage of football and its shared history covering the turbulent 20th century history offers direct access to addressing past and present diversity. In addition, it helps to promote shared values, equality, nondiscrimination and social inclusion with an integrated perspective, encompassing and innovating formal and non-formal learning, as well as youth work.

Football belongs to everyone

Fare’s commitment and main objective to tackle discrimination and promote social inclusion through football’s inclusive power is based on the principle that football, as the most popular sport in the world, belongs to everyone and can be used as a tool to further social cohesion by bridging differences and strengthening common aspirations and values. This toolkit consists of a wide variety of inspiring activities. The toolkit can be used to organize innovative playing sessions with a focus on topics such as gender equality, discrimination and identity in order to contribute to social inclusive playing activities.

Penalty (Photo: Tikkho Maciel / Unsplash)

EuroClio (European Association of History Educators) is the lead Coordinator of the Football Makes History project. EuroClio is a memberbased association working across Europe and beyond to promote responsible and multiperspective history teaching. EuroClio believes that football history and football stories are not only important per se, but can help to tell wider stories that contribute to teaching about history and promoting narratives of inclusion. We have been incredibly privileged to collaborate with inspiring teachers and youth workers from all across Europe, from Greece to Iceland, from Spain to Czech Republic, to develop activities that will help us promote inclusion and historical understanding through football.

The toolkit you are looking at now, along with the Handbook for formal education, is the culmination of this three-year collaboration. We hope it will inspire you to use football history in your local context.

The toolkit was developed in a collaborative spirit with all partners and developers included in a co-creative process between 2018-2021.

The rich local cultural heritage of football and its shared history covering the turbulent 20th century history offers direct access to addressing past and present diversity.

The Toolkit

user-friendly toolkit

The project has produced this user-friendly toolkit that uses the historical and cultural heritage dimensions of football to enhance social inclusion.

Non-formal education

The toolkit is aimed at both youth workers and educators in non-formal education.

30 exemplar approaches

The toolkit contains a guidebook, as well as a collection of 30 exemplar approaches to use. All the activities are developed by a team of 12 youth workers from more than 10 different countries, under the leadership of the Fare network.

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