Life changes through football

“Life changes through football” was the theme of a training event organised by the European network EFDN in Rotterdam. Participants were the employees of the 9 football clubs Feyenoord Rotterdam, Aberdeen FC, Southampton FC, PFC Ludogorets, Inter Milan, Vitesse Arnheim, Legia Warschau as well as from Belgium KAA Gent and KAS Eupen. For KAS Eupen, Jessica Loo, responsible for the club’s social projects, and intern Steffen Wider took part in the international exchange.

Over three days, speeches, seminars and exercises were organised on the topic of “Changing Lifes Through Football”. The aim of the training event was to provide football-based programmes to teach and improve life skills, shared basic values of society and training methods.

The results of the event at Feyenoord Rotterdam are very positive from the point of view of the two KAS participants: “Through the lively exchange with the representatives of the other clubs as well as the lectures and seminars, we were able to learn a lot and on top of that we successfully received the Youth Pass for this continuing training”, said Jessica Loo after her return from Rotterdam.

KAS Eupen has been a member of the European association EFDN for two years. EFDN stands for European Football for Development Network. The aim of the association is to assume social responsibility through football and to commit to this topic across borders.

EFDN currently counts 75 clubs from 28 countries. These include both smaller professional clubs such as KAS Eupen and European top clubs such as FC Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Ajax Amsterdam, PSV Eindhoven, FC Chelsea and Juventus Turin. The three Belgian representatives are FC Bruges, KAA Gent and KAS Eupen.