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EU Projects

The sport strand of the European Commission programme aims to support European partnerships to deliver education, training and youth activities across grassroots sport.

Within this context, the Fare network is partnering with organisations across Europe to develop expertise, influence policy making and empower communities on how to use football to bring about social change.

These partnerships aim to encourage social inclusion and equal opportunities in sport, promote the creation and development of transnational networks within this field, further education and the practice of sport, and tackle discrimination.

If you are interested in collaborating with the Fare network in an EU funded project by leading or as a collaborative partner, please send an email explaining your project or expertise to info@farenet.org.

Current Projects

The Fare network is currently collaborating in these projects: 


January 2021 – December 2023

INtegration through SPort and Inclusion for Refugees in Europe for Sustainability (INSPIRES) will create a new network linking female refugees with football actors and CSOs willing/able to act as organisers, contributors and leaders in integration and social inclusion of refugees in EU.

The general objective of INSPIRES is to equip refugees, key actors in football (coaches, referees, administrators in clubs and other spheres), and CSOs with the skills and knowledge required to support the integration and social inclusion of female refugees in the EU.


Unione Italiana Sport Per tutti Aps – UISP (Italy)

GEA – Societa’ Cooperativa Sociale (Italy)

Champions ohne Grenzen e.V. (Germany)

Monaliiku (Finland)

Organisation Earth (Greece)

Fare Netwotk (Netherlands)

For more information about the project click here.


Finishing by December 2024

This project is designed to broaden and deepen the work of theexistingFMHplatform by mobilising school students to workwith football clubs at the local level, andto stimulate this cooperation to be about the identification, narration, andpresentation to a widerpublic ofunique local stories that can raise awareness about diversity, inclusion and universalvaluesof human rights and democracy at the global level


Stichting Amsterdamse Hogeschool Voor De Kunsten (Netherlands),Euroclio-De Europese Vereniging Voor Geschiedenisonderwijsgevenden (Netherlands),Fare Network Stichting (Netherlands),Eintracht Frankfurt Museum (Germany), Zespol Szkol Technicznych iOgolnoksztalcacych nr 2 (Poland),Stefano Di Pietro (Netherlands)

For more information about the project click here.

OFF LIMITS: Discrimination Off Limits: Football Stories To Fight Hate

OFF Limits: A platform containing stories offering positive examples of how football can combat racism and other forms of social discrimination, through inspirational and virtuous messages.

The main objective of the project is to help those involved in football communication to acquire tools and knowledge to better fight racism and other types of discriminations. We strongly believe that having a more diverse group of professionals in football communications, supported by the project’s outputs to address episodes of intolerance would positively impact the way discriminations are narrated. Finishing by December 2023


The project was born from the union of different initiatives and actions carried out by UrbanAct (through Offside) and by SCI HELLAS, Fare Network Stichting and CNR-IsMed who for years have been developing initiatives where football is used as a tool for social change.

For more information about the project click here.


This project aims at promoting equality, inclusion and participation of Roma, Sinti andTravelers people in sport and through sport, enhancing positive storytelling against antigypsyism and strategies of inclusion at local, national and EU level. Finishing by December 2024.


Fare Network



Exchange House


Fotbal pro Rozvoj



October 2022 - October 2024

The Rewins 2.0 project, is the continuation of Rewins 1.0, aims to promote the inclusion of refugee women in sports and training of coaches, by creating mixed women's teams of refugee and local and developing training structures.

In the context of using sport as a tool for refugee integration REWINS 2.0 addresses the followingissues: (a) the need to create adaptable training structures for the inclusion of refugee women indifferent team and individual sports (football, dancing, volleyball, swimming, athletics etc.); and (b) theneed to offer an online customed mentorship programme for coaches/ trainers working with refugees


Fare Network - The Netherlands (leader)

Girl Power - Denmark

Organisation Earth - Greece

UISP - Italy

A.E Ramassa - Spain (tbc)


The Fare network has collaborated in these projects in the past years:


Step Up Equality (SUE) was a project beginning in January 2019 with an end date of December 2021.

The main objective of this project was to promote gender equality and challenge gender-based discrimination in grassroots sport across Europe through the cooperation and the exchange of best practices and expertise between different sports.

The project lead was Real Betis Balompié Foundation (Spain) and the partners involved were:

Gea Coop Sociale (Italy)

Women Win, the Netherlands

Associazione Nazionale Atlete – ASSIST (Italy)

Stowarzyszenie na Rzecz Demokracji W Sporcie – Association Democracy in Sport Poland (Poland)

Discover Football (Germany)

Fare network

    For more information about the project click here


    Football3 for all was a project aimed at designing an organisational-level football3 certification – building capacity and certifying participating project organisations in the process – as well as a related individual certification pathway.

    Complementing this overall certification scheme was a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) that allows individuals to asynchronously and remotely access validated football3 education while also giving them access to certified training.

    The project lead was Streetfootballword (Germany) and the partners involved were:

    INEX-SDA (Czech Republic)

    Albion in the Community (UK)

    MSIS (Poland)

    European Network of Sport Education (ENSE) (Germany)

    Oltalom Sport Association (Hungary)

    Rheinflanke (Germany)

    Balon Mundial (Italy)

    CAIS (Portugal)

    Fare network.


      Football Makes History (FMH) was a three year project that build on football’s power and potential as the most popular sport in the world to appeal to young people and those in disadvantaged positions, and on history, which when taught responsibly contributes to active citizenship and a sense of belonging.

      FMH is a vital step in a long-term vision, which would place local history at the heart of every football club’s social corporate responsibility strategy to help them reach out to communities and address modern-day challenges and opportunities such as diversity, migration, discrimination and equality.

      The project lead was EUROCLIO (Netherlands) and the partners involved were:

      Anne Frank House (Netherlands)

      Eintracht Frankfurt Museum (Germany)

      Romanian Football Federation (RFF) (Romania)

      Fare network.

        For more information about the project click here


        REfugee Women INclusion through Sports (REWINS) was a 24-month project designed with a goal to encourage social inclusion and equal opportunities in sport, specifically for refugee women. It run from January 2018 to December 2020.

        The project objectives for REWINS are to promote a positive attitude towards refugee women in sports, identify refugees’ barriers and good practices for participation in local sport activities, provide opportunities for refugee women at grassroots level, raise awareness of the refugee population and mobilise better inclusion of refugees in local sports organisations.

        Fare was the project lead, and project partners include:

        Organisation Earth (Greece)

        Girl Power Organisation (Denmark)

        Polisportiva San Precario (Italy)

          For more information about the project click here


          Changing the Chants (CtC) was a two-year project starting in June 2019 aimed at combatting antisemitism in football through non-formal education and law enforcement in Europe.

          Led by Anne Frank Stichting, the Changing the Chants project sought to create new knowledge of preventive and restorative justice approaches, support local football communities to prevent and respond to antisemitic hate speech, strengthen local co-operation between football communities, law enforcement and civil society stakeholders and build football community leaders’ capacity to respond to antisemitic hate speech and hate crime.

          The project partners involved were:

          • Fare network.

          For more information about the project click here 


          Mobility Project was a two-year project starting in January 2019 that aimed to contribute to the efforts of sport organisations by supporting the learning mobility of their staff. The target group were trainers and managers of sport clubs at the grassroots level. Eight study trips were organised together with foreign partners. In addition to education, networking was an important goal – establishing long-term relationships with local trainers, volunteers and club managers.

          The project lead was Towarzystwo Sportowe Iron Man (Poland) and the partners involved were:

          UKS Varsovia Warszawa (Poland)

          Klitschko Foundation (Ukraine)

          DanaCup Travel (Denmark)

          High School for Sport and Coaching (Poland)

          DFB Stiftung Egidius Braun (Germany)

          Asociatia Pentru Tineret si Sport ERDELY – Ifjusagi es Sport Egyesulet (Romania)

          HNK Gorica (Croatia)

          Fare network


          Football3 For Respect used the harnessed power of the football3 methodology to tackle the challenges of racism, violence, and radicalism faced by youth of migrant and refugee backgrounds.

          It addressed challenges for refugee and migrant youth inclusion by building local capacity, and, in turn, equipping coaches with the skills to counter violence, intolerance, discrimination and radicalisation through football sessions.

          The project developed a training-of-trainers toolkit that allows coaches in each partner organisation to learn how to implement the football3 methodology. It involved 500 coaches and, through them, 50,000 young sportspeople.

          Project partners included Albion in the Community, Balon Mundial, CAIS, Fare, INEX, MSIS, Oltalom Sport Assocaition, Red Deporte, RheinFlanke, Shumenski Universitet, Sport4Life, Sport Against Racism Ireland (SARI) and Sport dans la Ville.


          Get Inclusive In the Game (GIIG) was 12-month project funded by the European Commisson, which ran from January – December 2017, to promote voluntary activities in sport that foster the social inclusion of minority groups, equal opportunities and raise awareness of health-enhancing physical activity.

          At the core of the project was a model that aimed to involve migrants and refugees living in Italy, and women in sports, and addressed issues including gender equality, diversity, while building social relations, creating networks and providing life-skills.

          Project partners included Unione Sportiva ACLI Frosinone (Italy), Associazione di volontariato Nuovi Orizzonti ONLUS (Italy), ASD Balon Mundial Onlus (Italy), Društvo za razvijanje prostovoljnega dela Novo mesto (Slovenia), Towarzystwo Sportowe Iron Man (Poland) and the Fare network.

          For more information about the project click here


          Sport and Inclusion for Refugees in Europe (INSPIRE) was a 12-month project (January – December 2018) funded by the European Commission seeking to increase the potential for host communities to successfully engage and integrate refugees through sport.

          The project focused on identifying refugees’ needs for and barriers to participation in local sport activities, support the provision of sporting activities and provide opportunities for refugees and asylum seekers at grassroots sport level, while promoting a transferable methodology based on the findings.

          Project partners included the Fare members Les Dégommeuses and Fundacja dla Wolności, from France and Poland respectively, who have comprehensive expertise in working with refugees and implementing football projects for refugees. Fare was the project’s lead partner.

          Click here for more information.


          INSPIRE4ALL was a 12-month project running from January to December 2019 aimed at supporting the integration of refugees through sport in their host communities.

          The project’s predominant focus was on increasing the participation of refugees in local sports activities, with a goal to raise the potential for host communities to positively engage with refugees through football and at least two other sports.

          There were three project partners involved: Polisportiva San Precario, from Italy, Champions Ohne Grenzen from Germany and the Fare network. The Fare network was the lead partner in this project.

          For more information about the project click here


          Peer Education, Leadership, Action, Youth (P.L.A.Y!) was a three-year project focused on promoting grassroots sport to improve school success and social inclusion.

          The project aimed to promote transferable social and educational competences through sport to children in disadvantaged situations or at risk of social exclusion because of their background as migrants or ethnic minorities. It also tackled failure at school and aimed to reduce dropout rates, and at the same time provided a wide range of sporting activities.

          Partners included project coordinator and Fare network member Finnish Multicultural Sports Federation (FIMU), ASD Margherita Sport e Vita (Italy), Consorzio Comunità Solidale (Italy), Drustvo za razvijanje prostovoljnega dela Novomesto (Slovenia), Fare and Pere Tarrés Foundation (Spain).

          For more information about this project click here


          The Football Including REfugees (FIRE) project began in January 2019 until December 2020. FIRE aimed at promoting inclusion, participation, socialisation and access to sport for asylum seekers, migrants and refugees. In particular, the approach was oriented towards fostering intercultural openness in sport clubs and sport bodies.

          The aim of FIRE was to empower, enable and support sport organisations in working with refugees and asylum seekers with the objective of gathering people together through sport, independently from nationality, citizenship, cultural background, juridical status and any other variables.

          The project lead was Sport and citizenship think tank (France) and the partners involved were:

          Royal Belgian Football Association (KBVB/ RBFA/ URSBFA) (Belgium)

          Scottish Football Association (SFA) (Scotland)

          Romanian Football Federation (RFF) (Romania)

          Fundación LaLiga (Spain)

          Fundacja dla Wolności (Foundation for Freedom, FDW) (Poland)

          ESSCA School of Management (France)

          Fare network

          For more information click here


          Sport Psychology as a Strategic Tool for Prevention in Grassroots Sport (PsyTool) was a project led by Pablo de Olavide University which analysed violence, harassment and discrimination and developed new approaches to tackle these.

          The project, which ran from January 2016 to December 2017, created a platform to help coaches, teachers, students and practitioners to use sport psychology as a strategic tool to promote integrity and to tackle violence, discrimination, intolerance and match fixing in grassroots sports. The objective was to intervene and to protect athletes from these existent threats in sport.

          Partners included: University Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB), Spain; University of the Balearic Islands (UIB), Spain; Spanish Federation of Sport Psychology (FEPD), Spain; University of Halmstad, Sweden; University la Sapienza of Rome (SUR), Italy; International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE), UK; University of Lisbon, Portugal; International Center for Sport Security Europe (ICSS Europe), UK; Fare; Foundation of Sevilla F.C., Spain; Sporting Club of Portugal; and Portuguese National Sport Foundation (PNSF).

          More information here


          Save the Dream of Grassroots Sports based on Values (SAVEit) aimed to eradicate violence, intolerance and all forms of discrimination in grassroots sport, promote inclusion and draw attention to its relevance to youth development.

          It supported and shared innovative approaches that addressed these issues which can negatively affect sport’s integrity.

          Project partners included: Foundation Culturalista Leonesa (project leader), Spain; Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain; AS Eupen VoG, Belgium; Altum Foundation, Spain; Fare; Panther Force Gaia, Portugal; Rugby Colorno, Italy.


          Fair Coaching (FC) was a 3 year project starting in 2020 aimed at promoting respect and values among professional and most of all grassroots coaches and trainers, contrasting sexist, violent and discriminatory behaviours to ensure a healthy and inspiring sport environment for professional and young athletes.

          The project lead was Lega Pallavolo Serie A and the partners involved were:

          Association Alice Milliat (France)

          KEA (Greece)

          National Coaches Association (Finland)

          Serbian Rugby League Federation (Serbia)

          ASSIST (Italy)

          Fare network.

          Find out more about this project here.


          Mapping Access in Public Spaces (MAPS) ran from January 2021 – June 2022. The projects main focus was to encourage social inclusion and equal opportunities in sport.

          The general objective was to promote the accessibility and the regeneration of abandoned public urban places to generate Sport for All spaces in Europe through interactive mapping, active engagement of sport volunteers and activists, citizens awareness and networking among grassroots sport organizations.

          The project lead was Polisportiva San Precario (Italy) and the partners involved were:

          Association Democracy in Sport / Alternative Sports Club ZŁY (Poland)

          Associazione GIShub | GIScience for Humanity, Urban space and Biosphere (Italy)

            Fare network


            Community Football Drivers for social inclusion in deprived districts (SIDFOOT) starting in January 2020 and ending in May 2022 was focused on having a positive influence on the lives of children and young people living in deprived areas and involved activities that steered young people towards education in values and the creation of healthy environments.

            The project lead was Real Betis Balompié Foundation (Spain) and the partners involved were:

            ICSS INSIGHT (Belgium)

            European Football for Development Network (EFDN) (Netherlands)

            Brasov Metropolitan Agency for Sustainable Development (AMB) (Romania)

            Liverpool City Council (United Kingdom)

            Aalborg Boldspilklub af 1885 (Denmark)

            Wiener Sport-Club (Austria)

            University of the Balearic Islands (Spain)

            Fare network.

            Find out more about this project here


            Youth Anti Radicalisation through Sport in Europe (YARSPE) was a three- year project starting in January 2020 aimed at creating tools for coaches, teachers and sport associations to prevent radicalisation among youth by collaborating with local organisations, institutions and public authorities, and prevent discrimination and extremism of all forms by organising sport activities for young people at risk of different forms of radicalisation.

            Fare was the project lead, and project partners included:

            INEX – SDA (Czech Republic)

            Szubjektív Értékek Alapítvány (Hungary)

            GEA (Italy)

            Fundacja dla Wolności (Poland)

            Find out more about this project here


            November 2021 - April 2023

            The objective of the Active project is to promote interest and engagement on European Youth Goals and future EU youth policies among less active youth and youth at risk of marginalization and discrimination by promoting inclusive and sustainable grassroots sports activities.


            Fare network / The Netherlands

            Assist: Italy

            KMOP Social Action and Innovative Centre: Greece

            JKPeV Jugend-& Kulturprojekt e.V.-Germany

            DOTS Connecting Learners for Development-Portugal

            GEA: Cooperativa Sociale-Italy (leader)

            Ense European Network of Sport Education-Austria

            For more information about the project click here.


            Reinforce peer Education Programme Leadership, Action, Youth: promoting grassroots sport through E Learning educational training success and social inclusion with academic preparation REPLAY 2.0 is a European project lead by ASD Margherita Sport e Vita Basket

            The general objective of Replay 2.0 is to promote a high-quality mentoring programme between sport universities students and young volunteer coaches of grassroots sport organizations that work with young people and children coming from disadvantaged and less active groups, enhancing their capacity to promote social inclusion through grassroots sport.


            ASD Margherita Sport e Vita Basket; GEA Coop Sociale; Big Bang Ballers; University Institute of Maia – ISMAI; Umeå University; University of Belgradeand; Unió de Federacions Esportives de Catalunya and Fare Network

            For more information about the project click here.


            TACKLE Racism in Grassroots Football is a two-year project aiming to develop better approaches to tackling discrimination at grassroots level across 5 countries – Greece, Cyprus, Romania, Netherlands and Ireland.

            The project focuses on coaches and managers working in grassroots football clubs to develop an e-learning platform helping to better understand, identify and proactively tackle racism and xenophobia.


            CARDET – Centre for the Advancement of Research and Development in Educational Technology (Cyprus)

            KMOP (Greece)

            UEFA Foundation for Children

            Spectrum Research Centre CLG – SRC (Ireland)

            Institute of Development (Cyprus)

            University of Pitesti (Romania)

            Fare network.

            For more information about the project click here.


            Innovating Football Leadership: Inclusion through Practice and Policy (iFlipp) is a three-year project starting in January 2020 aimed at assessing recent research in the representation of women and ethnic minorities (WEM) in leadership positions in football in order to develop responsive inclusive leadership governance action plan at National and European levels.


            Fare Network

            FUSSBALL UND BEGEGNUNG EV (Germany)

            Associação Integrated Dreams (Portugal)

            EUSA INSTITUTE (Slovenia)

            Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam (Netherlands)

            Federacao Portuguesa De Futebol (Portugal)

            Malta Football Association (Malta)

            For more information about the project click here.


            Football Including REfugees+ (FIRE+) is a 3-year project, funded by the European Commission, seeking to further develop existing work of the original FIRE project and its work on promoting inclusion, participation, socialisation and access to sport for asylum seekers, migrants and refugees. FIRE+ seeks to increase the MOOC’s outreach to more grassroots football clubs across Europe.


            Sport and citizenship think tank (France)

            Association des Clubs Francophones de Football – ACFF (France)

            Football Association Ireland – FAI (Ireland)

            Egidius Braun Stiftung – DFB Stiftung (Germany)

            Liberi Nantes (Italy)

            Middle Eastern Technical University (Turkey)

            ESSCA School of Management (France)

            International Platform for Sport and Development – Sportanddev

            Fare network.

            For more information about the project click here.

            Belgian Red Courts

            Fare network supports the Royal Belgian Football Association and partners in implementing the ‘Belgian Red Courts’ project in 2021-2024.

            The ‘Belgian Red Courts’ programme focuses on building an educational programme and engagement of youth around the network of ‘urban’ football pitches in over 40 communities in Belgium.Throughout the 4 years of the project implementation, the RBFA will renovate the football pitches in communities across Belgium and roll out an educational programme for coaches to hold regular football sessions promoting inclusion, access and local social cohesion of connections through the Belgian Red Courts.

            For more information about the project click here.

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