In the Fußball+ programme, the world’s most popular sport serves as a door opener to communities that are often difficult to reach via conventional educational offers. Coming together on the football pitch opens up a new space for the young people where they can develop through play and discover their potential. Specific exercises allow the young people to train key competencies at different levels that help them both on the pitch and in everyday life.
The football training sessions also support the development of a trusting relationship between the young people and the project team, making it easier to for the latter to mediate between participants and subsequent educational opportunities. In 2020, Kicken ohne Grenzen supervised three teams and around 100 young people and young adults in weekly football training sessions. Interested 15–24-year-olds at all levels can sign up for free at any time during the year.
Team sport makes it easier to develop social contacts and friendships, and thus promotes socially responsible behaviour. The regular friendly matches and tournaments provide a setting for intercultural dialogue and help to reduce fear of contact. The football training sessions support an active and healthy lifestyle, and enhance the players’ physical and psychological wellbeing.
By acquiring various emotional, mental and social skills, the young people increase their chances of obtaining a training place or job. They create for themselves more positive perspectives for the future, which allows them to integrate into society in an equitable and sustainable way.
»I learned all about life with a ball at my feet.«