Location and general information

Ongoing
Location Kosovo, Priština
Start date 01/01/2024
End date 01/31/2025
Cost of the project €90,550
Foundation funding €78,550
Project identifier 20231077
Partners KFV Prishtina – Prishtina Girls Football Team
Categories Access to Sport - Children with disabilities - Conflict victims - Environmental protection - Gender Equality - Healthy lifestyle - Personal development - Strengthening partnerships

Context

Despite strides towards peace in post-conflict Kosovo, social divisions persist in some communities, which makes cooperation harder, especially among the younger generation.

This project seeks to use football as a tool for social change with the power to transcend geographical, cultural and gender boundaries. Interest in women's sports is growing in Kosovo, but the participation of young women and girls remains low due to gender stereotypes and other barriers.

Project goals

  • Boost the involvement of young women and girls in football, including those with disabilities
  • Create a safe environment for girls to play football, free from bullying and discrimination
  • Foster trust and unite girls from diverse communities
  • Break down barriers and create a cohesive environment
  • Improve the well-being and develop the life skills of girls through football
  • Ensure representation from every community by creating girls football teams in all primary schools
  • Raise awareness about gender equality, diversity and discrimination prevention, and about the positive impact of sports on mental health, well-being and confidence
  • Achieve community engagement and involve local and national partners

Project content

  • Girls football teams in all primary schools so that all girls have access to free training twice a week
  • Tournaments where girls from different ethnic backgrounds can play together
  • City football teams for girls with disabilities, set up in close collaboration with Down Syndrome Kosova
  • Volunteer outreach, whereby older girls from KFV Prishtina volunteer in activities with younger and disabled girls
  • Targeted training programmes designed to improve communication, teamwork and leadership skills among girls from various ethnic communities
  • Mentoring sessions with role models to educate girls about the sustainable development goals, including gender equality and environmental conservation
  • Training for sports teachers and staff on the UEFA Child Safeguarding Policy, in order to create a safe and inclusive sporting environment
  • Meetings with an ombudsperson to raise awareness of discrimination
  • Partnership agreements with local government bodies, the media and academia and collaborating with national organisations working to prevent discrimination
  • Gender inclusivity workshops, community football events and advocacy campaigns designed to engage the community
  • A joint tournament to mark the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace
  • A World Children’s Day tournament in Brezovica using football to bring together different ethnic communities

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