SRtRC were recently part of a UEFA Study Group in Frankfurt, Germany
13 UEFA national associations sent representatives to Frankfurt last week, in order to get a better understanding of how football across Europe is working with refugees.
Campaign worker Jason Webber along with FA Wales Trust Partnership Manager Mizan Rahman attended the study group on behalf of the Football Association of Wales.
The UEFA study-group took place at the DFB headquarters in Germany under the title: “Football and Refugees”. Austria, England, Italy, Holland and Turkey were among some of the national associations in attendance.
Over the week the associations shared best practices from their country and discussed ways to integrate and breakdown barriers to the engagement of refugees.
There was also workshop about dealing with the Anti-Refugee movement, which was delivered by Pavel Klymenko from the FARE Network.
Representatives had the opportunity to visit grassroots clubs FC Entre Bagdad and SG Egelsbach who are actively engaging with refugees through a variety of community projects.
“The Study group provided a fantastic opportunity to find out more about what different countries across Europe are doing with regards to integration of refuges in society, using football as a vehicle to achieve this. It provided many opportunities to learn the different challenges in various counties and be able to offer our thoughts in dealing with any anti-refugee movement or actions in Europe.” – Jason Webber.
We will be continuing to collaborate with the participating associations of the study group and will continue support UEFA in on-going studies with refugees in football.