project partners

Royal Belgian
Football Association

The Royal Belgian Football Association – RBFA is the governing body of football and futsal in Belgium. It is a founding member of t FIFA (in 1904) and UEFA (in 1954). The RBFA organizes the Belgium men’s, women’s and youth national teams. It also runs the Belgian football league system. The RBFA has 150 fulltime employees and is responsible for the promotion, administrative and sportive organization of Belgian football.

Since 2016 the RBFA has its own Corporate Social Responsibility team to develop social projects, actions and campaigns in Belgian football. To implement these projects the RBFA establish partnerships with relevant organizations in and outside Belgium. The RBFA and his Flemish and French wings Voetbal Vlaanderen & l’Association des Clubs Francophones de Football and the Pro League (Federation for professional football clubs) already implemented a project about refugees in football : “Everybody on the field”, from march 2017 to January 2018, focusing on the integration of refugees in the Belgian society via football. They worked together with football clubs, asylum centres and the government. Other social programmes have been settled by the RBFA.

Scottish Football

Founded in 1873, the Scottish FA is the national governing body for football in Scotland and exists to promote, foster and develop the game at all levels within the country. Its vision is to grow our national game through developing a culture of improved performance at all levels, taking the game to a wider audience and expanding on the benefit, enjoyment and value that football can bring to everyone across Scotland. The Scottish FA is also running social activities such as national conferences and actions outlining best practice of inclusion of asylum seekers and refugees, partnerships with relevant equality organizations etc.

Fundacja Dla

Fundacja dla Wolności (Foundation for Freedom, FDW) is a non-profit organisation established in 2004 and based in Warsaw. Its mission is to develop open society by supporting and stimulating vulnerable groups, as well as gaining public attendance and respect to them. It focuses on migrants and women and operates in the fields of sport, integration and multi-cultural education. The Foundation uses football to overcome prejudices and seek common language for different groups that live in Warsaw. In its activities, it emphasizes the principles of fair play and counteracting discrimination. Since 2010 it runs Etnoliga – the biggest grassroots intercultural amateur football programme in Eastern Europe for hundreds of people from almost 100 countries, including refugees. The project was recognised among other European best practices in the EC Report ‘Mapping of good practices relating to social inclusion of migrants through sport’ (2016) and shortlisted for the Beyond Sport Global Awards (2017).

Fare Network

Founded in 1999 in Vienna, the FARE network (FARE) is a European NGO representing organisations that tackle discrimination in football and use football as a vehicle to foster social inclusion and promote diversity. United by the commitment to bring about positive social change, the strength of FARE springs from its diverse membership which comprises over 110 NGOs, youth organisations, ethnic minority groups, supporters groups, amateur and professional football clubs, national football associations, etc. in 38 countries.

FARE acts as platform for its members to connect and address cross-border issues in the field of anti-discrimination, social inclusion, integration, diversity, LGBT inclusion, and gender equality across all levels of football.

Sport and citizenship Think tank

Sport and Citizenship is the leading European think tank in the field of sport. Created in 2007 it aims to support the development of the European dimension of sport. Sport and Citizenship is dedicated to the study of European public policies in the field of sport, and the promotion of sport’s societal impact. Ultimately, Sport and Citizenship promotes sport and physical activity as elements of a European identity.

Therefore Sport and Citizenship has been committed since its very beginning to the launch of a European civic dialogue in the field of sport thanks to multidisciplinary and transverse reflections aiming at putting European sport stakeholders in relation with each other: governments, sport movement, as well as civil society, academics and the private sector. Reflections produced are then brought to the attention of policy makers with the objective that is recognized at European level a certain specificity of sport based on its social, educational and civic dimensions.

Sport and Citizenship manages to maintain discussions on various topics and bring in new ideas. Sport and Citizenship takes part in EU-funded project with various partner across Europe. Also, the initiatives created by the private sector are important in the field of sport. Sport and Citizenship activities also include the publication of a quarterly scientific journal which comes back every three month on a topic related to sport.

Romanian Football

The Romanian Football Federation is a non-profit organization established in 1909, under the name of the Association of Athletic Societies in Romania. The institutional vocation of the RFF is to promote football all over the Romanian territory, to develop the football phenomenon in all its amplitude and to provide an organizational model for Romanian sports. The RFF’s activity is based on a set of principles and values, that define its identity and manner of acting, such as: love for football, meritocracy, integrity, cooperation and trust, autonomy and subsidiarity, good governance, development and performance, no to violence, no to racism, fair play and perseverance. The Federation finds itself in the process of reforming and rebuilding the sports phenomenon at a national level, thus applying for the first time in Romania strategic management tools, answering the need to plan, step by step, all the necessary steps to develop football in Romania

Regarding the refugees, the Romanian Football Federation has started a cooperation with the organization Terre des Hommes aiming to actively promote the inclusion of refugees through football activities: organizing football teams for children and adults, organizing football tournaments between these teams and other teams, inviting refugees to football matches and meetings with football teams, educating coaches and match observers to promote acceptance and inclusion. It also aims to educate the responsible authorities for using the right approach when dealing with the issues regarding refugees and to see in football a competent tool of promoting positive actions.


Fundación LaLiga was legally established as a Foundation in 1993 as a tool to expand the social corporate responsibility of the Spanish professional football league LaLiga. The Fundación LaLiga develops programmes in four different areas: social, educational, cultural and institutional. It also provides support to improve the capacity of its main stakeholders, the foundations of the different football clubs playing in the first and second division (42 clubs). Fundación LaLiga provides training on new approaches to a variety of topics, from legal issues to female sport or education and social inclusion through sports. Fundación LaLiga also develops a set of programmes with different partners at local level to promote values education through the practice of sport.

ESSCA School of

The Ecole Supérieure des Sciences Commerciales d’Angers, today generally referred to as ESSCA School of Management, is a private, not-for-profit French business school, founded in 1909 and now operating on a total of eight campuses in France and abroad. Since 2006, the school’s EU-Asia Institute, a centre of research in the social sciences and humanities, has developed peer-recognised expertise in interdisciplinary European Studies, including the role of sports in the European integration process and international relations in general. It has hosted several events in the field, as well as coordinated international research projects. The school also hosts an Institute of Advanced Pedagogy, whose expertise in educational design will strongly contribute to the project’s online learning deliverable.