About Scoring for the Future 

 

With at least 4.5 million young people across Europe struggling to find education, training or employment, streetfootballworld continues to focus efforts on finding ways to support those affected. Funded through the European Commission’s Erasmus+ Sport programme, the project ‘Scoring for the Future’ was launched in January 2018 to promote education in and through sport with a special focus on skills development and employability.

 

Scoring for the Future - Increasing Youth Employability through Football was a cross-border cooperation between ten European sport organisations. “Scoring for the Future” has served as a profound starting point to transforming the way sport clubs, organisations and associations work with NEET young people. The project has promoted education in and through sport focusing on life skills development for increased employability of NEET (not in education, employment or training) young people. It has harnessed the potential of sport, and especially football, to play an important role in supporting young individuals in the pursuit of a better future. Over a period of twenty-six months, the consortium from the UK, France, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Italy, Romania and Spain established and disseminated a common-understanding and expertise how to develop life skills for employability using sport as a tool to increase young people’s education and job prospects. 

 

The project has succeeded in developing a systemic approach to disseminating impact-proven innovative sports practices to sports coaches and increase the capacity and professionalism of sports clubs and organisations to foster social inclusion and equal opportunities, especially by setting improved quality standards for innovative practices.

 

“Scoring for the Future – Increasing youth employability through sport” has successfully achieved the following five key objectives over the two-year project period:

 

1. Further develop and scale sport-based youth employability methodologies that promote skill-development in young sportspeople;

 

2. Share and transfer information on how to encourage skill development and non-formal education through Training-of-Trainers and distance-learning resources;

 

3. Empower European sportspeople with transferable skills such as communication, tolerance and team work as well as technical skills to support them on and off the pitch;

 

4. Foster synergies between the proposed project, its partners, and non-formal education to encourage the re-integration of NEET youth into society;

 

5. Enable cross-border exchange, transnational collaboration, and peer-to-peer learning to develop the capacity of organisations to implement sport-based employability programmes.

 

The primary focus of “Scoring for the Future” was the development of a shared Training-of-Trainers toolkit on implementing football-based life skills for employability development programmes across a group of key actors in the field. The project targeted a fundamental step in establishing a common understanding on how sport supports skill development in young people, achieving the following four deliverables over twenty-four months:

 

1. Create an accessible “Youth Employability through Sport Training-of-Trainers” tool to transfer impact-measured, successful practices to sports clubs, organisations and associations across Europe;

 

2. Establish all project partners as European knowledge hubs on how to promote skill development using sport as a tool;

 

3. Support dissemination and create visibility through a European-wide multiplier sport events and a targeted Training Day using the Scoring for the Future methodology;

 

4. Facilitate European-wide continuation of the measures after the funding period through free access and open resource material, assisted by streetfootballworld and the knowledge hubs.

 

 

The Project Consortium

 

 

 

Transnational Project Meetings

 

1. The project Kick-Off Meeting allowed the project management team to review the project objectives, milestones and timelines in order to ensure that the needs of each individual organisation was recognised and addressed. Communication pathways were formalised; and the meeting ensured buy-in from the entire consortium group, setting clear and realistic goals for the development of the intellectual output.

 

2. The 2nd Transnational Project Meeting further defined the toolkit content and format, analysed the findings from the mapping phase, initiated the toolkit development and promoted the exchange of experiences about methods for football-based employability programmes. The consortium also visited programmes of the host organisation to gain insights into the organisation’s education and sports activities.

 

3. The 3rd Transnational Project Meeting enabled the group to explore the similarities and differences between the youth job market in Brighton and the various contexts in which the members of the consortium group operate; to share current methodologies on how to deliver employability through football programmes as well as expert knowledge on motivating and inspiring young people; to show best practice in how to link programmes to local employers; and to demonstrate the social value of employability through football programmes.

 

4. The 4th Transnational Project Meeting took place immediately after the Toolkit System Verification which included the running of local tests with end users. The agenda of the meeting was based on the thematic focus areas identified during System Verification and the overall need to finalise the toolkit content, methodology and tools agreed on by the consortium members. The site-visits provided insights into using sport as a tool to support the skill development and employability of refugees and migrants. The meeting and visits enabled the consortium to gain insights into how to 1) offer needs-based, flexible and tailored programmes through individual casework, 2) support skill-development through an innovative mix of methods (mobile youth work, sport pedagogical programs, vocational orientation and qualification), 3) network with local sports clubs and stakeholders (e.g. employment agencies).

 

 

Multiplier Events

 

streetfootballworld Festival 19

 

During the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France, streetfootballworld brought together underserved young people from across Europe and other parts of the world to participate in a youth forum and football3 tournament that demonstrated football’s unique position to promote skill development. Sport dans la Ville hosted the festival at its world-class facility in the heart of Lyon. This also presented the opportunity for staging a multiplier event, which took place on 5th July and pursued the following objectives:

 

  • Support the skill development of young people from around Europe and multiply this effect through their engagement with their local communities;
  • Strengthen the relationships between sports organisations from different countries and serve as the starting point for partnership and collaboration;
  • Deliver the Training-of-Trainers methodology to participating organisations, to enable them to implement sport-based employability programme.

 

The festival was the ideal occasion to implement the Training-of-Trainers methodology and expose organisations and beneficiaries in attendance to the idea of supporting skill development and youth employability through sport.

 

Training Day in Cologne, Germany

 

To build the capacity for the implementation of the Training-of-Trainers toolkit among the target audience and to disseminate the main project results, the second Multiplier Event in February 2020 was relocated from the European Parliament in Brussels to an indoor football location in Cologne. The project consortium mobilised a diverse target audience of football coaches, teachers, social workers, sport trainers, and other non-formal educators from different parts of Europe. The project consortium shared the key results from their collaborative efforts and the developed approach, enabled participants to design structured plans for young people to accelerate their educational and career developments, and trained participants in an innovative tool to prepare adolescents for the game of their lives and act as multipliers to disseminate the project results.

 

 

The Toolkit

 

The ‘Scoring for the Future’ toolkit consists of a myriad of carefully designed football-based exercises, which were developed to train seventeen specific life skills selected by the participating organisations. The toolkit is the result of a collaborative effort between nine organisations from eight European countries. Over the course of the 24-month project term, the project partners met five times in Berlin, Bucharest, Brighton, Cologne, and Lyon, where the local participating organisations hosted workshops and site visits. 

 

The project’s working group of coaches and practitioners reviewed a series of football-based methodologies and programmes to understand what types of tools were available in the field of football-based life skills development programmes for employability. The five visits were designed to foster environments for the exchange of knowledge, increase capacity and for the co-creation of a final Scoring for the Future toolkit.

 

To find out more about the Scoring for the Future – Developing Life Skills for Employability Through Football Toolkit and to download a copy, click here

 

 

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