The Homeless World Cup Foundation has been awarded a 3-year grant from the European Commission via the Erasmus+ programme for education, training, youth, and sport. The project is managed by the Homeless World Cup Foundation in collaboration with 21 of our European partners. It will take place from 2016-2018 to develop cooperation between Homeless World Cup street football partners in Europe.
Get-togethers, exchanges and Street Football festivals will bring European partners together to share skills, experience, and knowledge in order to grow the capacity of each partner and strengthen the network in its mission to change the lives of homeless people through football.
Each year of the programme will consist of one European Get-together, three European Exchanges and one European Street Football Festival. Participating partners will take turns in hosting some of the different events.
Our aim through this project is to improve the capacity of our existing partners in Europe – and around the world – by helping them share their specialist knowledge.
The 21 partners collaborating in this project all have different skills, knowledge and experience. Some are very strong and stable, others new and still developing. By facilitating inter-partner learning and sharing opportunities, a collective knowledge will be developed.
Partners will build rapport and stronger relationships with one another, which will encourage continued learning, sharing, and networking long after the funding for this project has ceased.
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These are informal conferences for delegates from all 21 Erasmus+ programme partners. They will be an important opportunity for partner representatives to exchange and share knowledge, as well as make strategic decisions on the direction of the Erasmus+ project.
During the exchanges, one partner will host representatives from three other participating programmes to exchange knowledge and skills around certain geographically relevant topics and development themes in relation to tackling homelessness through football. The Erasmus+ programme will include three European Exchanges per year – a total of nine exchanges by the end of the programme.
European Street Football Festival
This is a larger event that will gather all participating countries. The four-day event will consist of player development workshops over two days, and a two-day street football tournament. The Erasmus+ programme will include three festivals, one for each year of the tournament.