LOCATION AND GENERAL INFORMATION
The tumult and violence 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.
In cooperation with organisations such as the British Council and various town councils, Football Friends facilitates educational initiatives in conjunction with non-formal educational institutions to enhance youth development. The organisation currently runs football programmes across Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia which have served more than 4,500 participants since 2005.
Programmes named ‘With a little help of Football Friends’
- To use football as a vehicle to foster social inclusion and cohesion.
- To target communities with a high proportion of refugees and migrants.
- Core activity: the Football Friends City League, with mixed-gender teams competing on selected weekends and playing in leagues within their cities.
- The highest-ranked teams will be invited for a two-day grand finals tournament.
- Besides football, participants will have a chance to participate in educational activities.
336 children aged between 14 and 18.