Dads Against Drugs, United Kingdom

Tackling drugs and crime in local communities

Dads Against Drugs (DADs) launched in 2001 to tackle drugs, crime and antisocial behaviour in the diverse communities and prison environments of Hull, an economically disadvantaged area of north-east England. DADs works with parents, volunteers and agencies to use football as a tool to engage beneficiaries, help build self esteem and confidence, and offer participants informed choices to support them in making the right decisions that affect their lives.

Football Friends, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia

Promoting youth development and ethnic interaction

The bitter civil war of the Nineties crippled all aspects of society in the republics of the former Yugoslavia, and the region’s young people continue to be affected by their countries’ recent past. In 2005, Football Friends was created to help this younger generation transform their lives and to help heal the fragmented societies in which they are growing up by using football to bring together young people from different sides of the ethnic divide.

In co-operation with international organisations, various municipalities and non-formal educational institutions, Football Friends delivers educational programmes to promote youth development. The organisation currently runs football programmes in Belgrade and Foča which have served around 650 participants since 2005.

German Street Football Network, Germany

Bringing together children from disadvantaged communities across Germany

The German Street Football Network is a collaboration with the goal to connect and strengthen football-based projects across Germany. Led by the organisation KICKFAIR, the team combines players from eight different organisations, including Köln Kickt, Dynamo Windrad, Sportgarten Bremen, Hamburger Sportjugend, Klickkicker, Brandenburgische Sportjugend and Buntkicktgut.

Each one of these organisations uses football as an instrument for social change and the integration of young people. They organise football tournaments reaching out to thousands of kids in Germany addressing issues like tolerance, intercultural exchange and conflict-management. The German delegation brings together boys and girls of different cultural backgrounds – an open, diverse and respectful team.

Sport Against Racism Ireland, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland

Supporting integration and tackling discrimination

Sport Against Racism Ireland (SARI) was founded in 1997 as a direct response to the growing number of racist attacks that had resulted from the dramatic increase in the number of foreign nationals living in Ireland.

SARI’s mission is to support cultural integration and social inclusion in Ireland by using sport, and particularly football, as a medium to combat racism, sectarianism, homophobia and other forms of discrimination. SARI organises regular football programmes, annual sporting events, school sports and educational programmes and cultural activities to tackle discrimination. The SARI delegation at the Football for Hope Festival is made up of young people from both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Sport dans la Ville, France

Improving life skills, integration and employability of disadvantaged young people

Sport dans la Ville (SDLV) offers a sports programme to support underprivileged children in difficult neighbourhoods. The organisation uses sports, primarily football, to encourage young people and to teach them the importance of teamwork, leadership and social integration. Over ten years, SDLV has grown to become France’s largest not-for-profit sports organisation, regularly reaching 1,600 participants.

SDLV’s activities include a job placement programme and an entrepreneur initiative that helps young people establish their own businesses. SDLV works with national and local governments, corporations and Olympique Lyonnais Football Club, and runs exchange programmes with organisations in USA and Brazil.

Street League, United Kingdom

Boosting confidence and employment opportunities for homeless people

Street League was founded in 2001 to provide homeless and dispossessed persons with one of life’s most important elements - fun. The organisation began with a street football league for homeless people in London, with a few phone calls to homeless hostels in the area quickly resulting in a 16-team tournament. Since then, demand for the organisation’s services has continued to grow.

Street League uses football in combination with education and training programmes to transform the lives of its participating members. Through initiatives such as twinning sessions with local companies, the organisation helps build confidence, improve health, extend social networks, and develop participants’ skills towards long-term education, employment and independence.