Location and general information

Location Montreuil, France
Start date 01/01/2024
End date 12/31/2024
Cost of the project €90,000
Foundation funding €90,000
Project identifier 20230979
Partners Libraries without Borders
Categories Access to Sport - Gender Equality - Personal development


Digital technology is advancing at such a rate that it has become essential to help the younger generation understand how to use the tools required to navigate the world around them. Managing our digital identities is crucial in today's interconnected world, and childhood is the most opportune time to teach children how to behave online, spot fake news and avoid the dangers of social media.

This project capitalises on the power of sports in education, using sports clubs as a forum for talking and sharing and as an opportunity to teach children about safe and responsible digital participation through fun educational activities, as a complement to their classroom learning. The project will be implemented in partnership with two football clubs: CSM Île-Saint-Denis and Red Star FC. Red Star FC is actively involved in the local community in Saint-Ouen, and in 2008 set up the Red Star Lab, which offers free cultural, artistic and social events and activities for its young players during the school holidays.

Project goals

  • Introduce children to media and information literacy to help them better decipher information and behave appropriately on social media
  • Get young people to think critically about digital citizenship and disinformation spread online
  • Turn sports clubs into media and information literacy resource hubs
  • Develop innovative ways to teach good digital habits through sports
  • Train sports coaches in the issues surrounding media and information literacy so that they are able to support young people

Project content

  • Adapt Libraries without Borders’ existing media and information literacy resources for use in extracurricular settings and football training
  • Create the ‘Info @thletes’ education kit in partnership with football coaches, integrating resources, activities and guidance on mediation through sport
  • Provide football coaches with training and support to roll this kit out during training sessions
  • Develop exercises, games and workshops that can be integrated into football training sessions (especially during the warm-up) with the help of coaches from partner clubs
  • Hold workshops, training sessions and fun learning activities alongside major events in the club calendar (e.g. tournaments) and throughout the year to educate young people and their families about media and information literacy, teach parents how to talk about and respond to the difficulties faced by their children online, and ensure that media and information literacy is also addressed at home with the help of trusted adults outside the family
  • Widely share the ‘Info @thletes’ kit – created in an easily adaptable open-source format – with other football clubs in the region and within the networks of the two participating football clubs


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