Newsletter - Issue 5

I. NGO activists to meet at Football for Development seminar in Prague

Grass-root activists and educators from Europe and Africa will gather in two weeks in the Czech Republic to draw the attention to the contribution of football addressing poverty and promoting development initiatives.

The international seminar on 24 – 25 March takes place within the realms of the EU project Football for Development and is hosted by the Czech Association for Voluntary activities, INEX-SDA. Under the theme “Development education and awareness-raising on Millennium Development  Goals (MDGs) through sport” the seminar gathers more than 50 experts and stake holders from European and African NGOs who use sport and football as tools in development education or awareness raising campaigns.

Speakers at the seminar include Thulaganyo Gaoshubelwe of the South African Football Players Union (SAFPU), Henry Majaleof the Mathare Youth Sport Association (MYSA), Usha Selvaraju of the International Platform on Sport and Development,Panos Manologlou of streetfootballworld Network and Kodwo Morgan of Play Soccer Ghana.


Football & Development after South Africa 2010 

The NGO meeting is a follow up to the international conference under the theme “Development through football – Sustaining the potential of the first African World Cup” which took place in April 2010 in Vienna. The conference gathered 66 different organisations representing 27 countries. A key outcome of the conference was the adoption of an Action Plan with recommendations addressed to sport and football governing bodies, players, development agencies and NGOs as well as sponsors and the media.

The meeting in Prague will attempt to compliment issues raised and addressed at the Vienna conference and establish a basis for operation and cooperation in the field of development through football in particular and sport in general.


Guide on Good Practice

The main result of the NGDOs expert meeting and subsequent exchanges between the participants will be a Good Practice Guide addressed to NGOs, sport governing bodies and decision makers in the field of development policies. 


Bella Bello Bitugu, European project coordinator at VIDC-FairPlay explained that: “the good practice guide will contain recommendations towards football governing bodies and other stakeholders and should contribute to better coherence in the field of development through sports. The emphasis will be on its cross cutting potential and attributes of football for development, the active involvement of and cooperation with the various target groups and stake holders. The issue of discrimination, racism and access to sports in addition to the Millennium Development Goals will form the core of the objectives in the guide.”



PDF DownloadDownload Seminar Programme  (732 kb)


If you are interested to attend the seminar, please return the filled registration form before 16th of March to jirka.hajek[at]

PDF DownloadDownload Registration Form (491 kb)


Please note:

  • Only registered participants can attend the seminar.
  • Participation is free (no fee), but the organizer is not able to contribute to your travel, accommodation or any other costs involved during your stay in Prague.

II. Full report on Development through Football Conference published

In the run up to the first FIFA World Cup on the African continent in 2010, a Pan European conference was organised as part of the Football for Development project. The conference “Development through Football - Sustaining the potential of the first African World Cup in Vienna” brought together decision makers in football governing bodies and public institutions as well as key actors in the field of sport-for-development within the EU and sub-Saharan Africa.

The results, activities and proceedings of this transnational and multifaceted conference are now available in full. To download electronic version of the Conference Report click here.

The printed copies will be made available in two weeks time.


Vienna Action Plan 

The major outcome of the conference from 23- 24 April 2010 was the adoption of an PDF DownloadAction Plan at the end of the conference attended by representatives of 66 development NGOs and initiatives, development through sports organisations, football clubs and associations, fan initiatives, players’ unions, sport organisations and media, academic institutions as well as governmental bodies including national development agencies, United Nations and European Union institutions, from 27 different European and African countries.


The PDF DownloadAction Plan adopted affirmed the strong commitment of these bodies to make full use of the potential of football and other sports to overcome underdevelopment, poverty, address gender inequity, all forms of discrimination and social exclusion.

III. Football for Development project now on Facebook 

Partners of the Football for Development project have set up their own international page on Facebook, a smart tool to quickly share ideas and events.

We kindly invite all of you to start engaging with us and share ideas via the popular social networking site.

Join Football for Development on Facebook now and click here.  


PDF DownloadDownload Vienna Conference Report  (3,0 MB)

PDF DownloadFootball for Development Projectflyer (1,51 MB)


Kurt Wachter


FairPlay - VIDC 

Möllwaldplatz 5/3, A-1040 Vienna


Tel. +43 1 7133594 90



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