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Welcome Through Football

Big Hearts is proud to be the first organisation in Scotland running the social inclusion and employability project ‘Welcome through Football’.

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Funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union, ‘Welcome Through Football’ aims to assist in the integration and inclusion of recently arrived young refugees, asylum seekers and young people with a migrant background aged 7-25.


The project is based on a range of activities promoting the quality of youth work, the intercultural dialogue and aims to strengthen knowledge and acceptance of diversity in society.


After running two 12-week rounds of activities, a new group will start at Tynecastle Park on 23rd March 2022.


Anyone interested to register someone or to find out more, please email kirsty.roebuck@bighearts.org.uk or call 07776 598 419.


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Big Hearts is delighted to team up with the European Football Development Network to assist in the development of a long-lasting, sustainable methodology based on three phases:

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As part of ‘Welcome Through Football’ Big Hearts is sharing best practice with 8 other members of the network running the project in their respective countries: AEK Athens (Greece), Everton in the Community (England), Newcastle United Foundation (England), Fundacao Benfica (Portugal), Werder Bremen (Germany), FC Emmen (Netherlands), Sheffield United Community Foundation (England) and KAA Gent (Belgium).


Along with developing effective methods in reaching out to refugee, migrants and asylums seekers communities, the project aims to develop a Practitioners Guide to be widely used by any interested organisations and sport clubs across Europe.