Learning in Stadiums - Civic Education at Learning Centers in Soccer Stadiums
Youth and Democracy

Learning in Stadiums - Civic Education at Learning Centers in Soccer Stadiums

About the idea

The idea of using soccer stadiums as places of learning is based on the British "Study Support Centre" model, which utilizes young people’s enthusiasm for the sport to encourage them to take up educational offers. Since 2010 the Robert Bosch Stiftung has been working in conjunction with the DFL Foundation (formerly Bundesliga-Stiftung, German federal soccer league foundation) to fund centers of civic education in soccer stadiums in towns and cities such as Dortmund, Bochum, Bremen, Berlin, Bielefeld, Gelsenkirchen, Frankfurt, Dresden, Rostock, Braunschweig, Nürnberg and Stuttgart.

These learning centers are aimed at school students, particularly from secondary schools, in grades seven to ten and young soccer fans in general. The idea is to use the atmosphere of the stadium to appeal to the types of young people on whom traditional educational services generally have little impact.

In order to anchor this unique link between football and political education and to continue the success story, the Lernort Stadion e.V. was founded in October 2014 with the support of the Robert Bosch Stiftung and the DFL Foundation. The Lernort Stadion e.V. and the DFL Foundation support together new learning centres from the establishment to the association membership.

Audio Slide Show: Learning Center in Braunschweig (German)

News

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Handover to the DFL Stiftung: After eight years, the Robert Bosch Stiftung has handed the "captain’s armband" over to the DFL Stiftung, which will be the project’s primary sponsor.
Sebastian Jacob
Phone: +49 (0)711 46084-821
  • The "Learning in Stadiums" project utilizes people’s enthusiasm for soccer in order to encourage interest in civic education among young people, both indigenous and from ethnic minorities, and to strengthen their social skills.
  • Low-threshold, action-centered and practically based educational activities are used to reach out to young people who are distant from education and socially disadvantaged.
  • Special emphasis is placed on civic education - workshops and project days are used to familiarize participants with issues such as violence, racism, homophobia, discrimination, and prejudice, as well as teaching them about their personal rights and ways of integrating into and participating in society.
  • The work in the learning centers makes the young people who take part sensitive to socio-political issues and helps them to take responsibility for themselves and for society.
Visiting the stadium in Dortmund
Sebastian Jacob
Phone: +49 (0)711 46084-821
 

The DFL Foundation
The DFL Stiftung (formerly Bundesliga-Stiftung) has been collaborating with the Robert Bosch Stiftung on the "Learning in Stadiums" project since May 2010.

The DFl Foundation is based in Frankfurt am Main and was established in 2009 by Ligaverband e.V. and the German Soccer League. It picks up on the social responsibility of professional soccer, and utilizes the power of the game to promote better opportunities for children, people with disabilities, and those who practice other sports. It also helps with integration and the prevention of violence.

 

More Information

Sebastian Jacob
Phone: +49 (0)711 46084-821