Welcome Through Football Tournament at Shakhtar Social

8 December 2021

Welcome Through Football Tournament at Shakhtar Social

It’s been a busy month at Shakhtar Social: On Saturday, the foundation held a friendly tournament as part of the Welcome through Football project. 80 players from Kyiv, internally displaced persons and permanent project participants, were playing against three more teams from local schools.

FC Vulkan Kyiv won the tournament, with Shakhtar Social coming in second place. Everyone still enjoyed the tournament and surely the highlight: goalkeeper Anatoliy Trubin awarding the participants and giving them autographs making the tournament extra special for the kids.

Welcome Through Football is an EFDN initiative. Current projects across Europe receive funding from the Eramus+ programme of the European Union and the UEFA Foundation for Children. The Welcome Through Football 2021 project aims to assist in the integration and inclusion of recently arrived young refugees, asylum seekers and young people with a migrant background. EFDN and partners will develop and test a European methodology that uses football as a tool to reach refugees and migrants from different ages (7-25 years old) to get them physically and social active in European communities.

Moreover, the project assists football coaches and youth workers in the development and sharing of effective methods in reaching out to the marginalised target group, in preventing racism and intolerance.