Location and general information
In 2016 and 2017, around 60,000 refugees requested asylum in Austria. Around 40% of them were female. As they try to enter the Austrian education system, many refugees lack self-confidence, motivation and even family support. Kicken ohne Grenzen is a football project that enables young people from vulnerable communities to take part in regular football training sessions for free without having to fulfil any admission criteria. It also helps them overcome barriers caused by language, religion or background. Since 2018, Kicken ohne Grenzen has been cooperating closely with Amandla EduFottball to implement the Kick it – but fair! project.
Kicken ohne Grenzen runs weekly training sessions for 120 young people (one men’s, one mixed, one women’s and one mixed children’s team) from 12 different nations. It currently works with 25 volunteers on a regular basis, while four team members are employed for around 15 hours per week on a freelance basis.
The training sessions are aimed at young people who are hard to reach through conventional training programmes.
By developing their social and professional skills, the young participants improve their chances of obtaining a training position or finding a job. The project therefore promotes equality and sustainable social integration.
- Workshop modules on topics such as gender equality, team-building, conflict resolution, communication and practical football skills
- Weekly football training sessions for four different teams, using specific exercises to teach skills relevant for youth employment
- Football training sessions that include CV training, a ‘learning buddy’ scheme and participation in vocational training days
- Football tournament with 24 mixed teams and a football3 workshop for children
- 25 certified skill coaches trained within the Beaskillcoach academy by December 2019
- 200 beneficiaries attending football training sessions by December 2019
- 80 beneficiaries participating in the job goals programme offering vocational orientation, vocational training days and CV coaching by December 2019
- 300 participants in the annual Kicken ohne Grenzen tournament promoting gender equality and social inclusion