Grassroots football interventions become part of the European project FIRE+ !

Monday 17 January 2022

Grassroots football interventions become part of the European project FIRE+ !

As it unfolds,the ‘Football Including REfugees+’ (FIRE+) project offers organisations the opportunity to become an official part of an Erasmus + project, by awarding eight grants to local interventions using football to include refugees, migrants or asylum-seekers!


The ‘Football Including REfugees+’ (FIRE+) project promotes football as a means of inclusion, participation, socialisation and access to sport for asylum-seekers, refugees and migrants. The main objective of the project is to support grassroots football organisations and foster cross-sector partnerships between every involved sector by creating a network for mutual enrichment of participants.

Having started in January 2021, the project brings together a strong consortium that includes:

  • Sport and Citizenship Think tank (France/Belgium)
  • the Fare Network Association (The Netherlands)
  • Association des Clubs Francophones de Football – ACFF (Belgium),
  • DFB-Stiftung Egidius Braun (Germany)
  • Liberi Nantes (Italy)
  • Football Association Ireland – FAI (Republic of Ireland)
  • Middle Eastern Technical University (Turkey)
  • ESSCA School of Management (France)

The consortium will use a pilot intervention methodological approach, proven successful in the previous FIRE project for supporting the integration of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers.

Get involved!

We are looking for grassroots organisations who are interested in applying to officially participate in the FIRE+ project. We are specifically looking for organisations from Belgium, affiliated to ACFF, Ireland, Germany and the Netherlands to organise activities around the inclusion of refugees/ migrants through football, in May 2022.

As previously, an open call is available here and interested organisation from the targeted countries will be free to submit their proposals. In order to implement the pilot interventions, the FIRE consortium will make a maximum of 2,000 EUR available per intervention, following co-financing rules – totalling in a maximum of 16,000 EUR.

After a thorough and independent selection process, eight grassroots organisations will be selected, informed, and supported with their implementation of the pilot interventions. The selected organisations received practical support to develop, implement, assess, and self-evaluate their pilot interventions.

A successful application matched the following criteria.

  • Is a (small) NGO, fan group, informal group, (grassroots) football club and/ or a community group
  • Works with refugees/ migrants/ asylum seekers in the pilot intervention
  • Organises activities with a focus on female refugees/ migrants/ asylum-seekers as an added value

The activities that would be considered for the FIRE grant were: Football tournament + (tournament including workshops) ; panel discussions ; (Small) conferences ; roundtables.

The deadline to apply is 6th of March.

For more information, please contact or visit the dedicated page on our website by clicking here:

Get involved!