Why are we running this project
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.
The Lernort Stadion (Learning in Stadiums) project takes advantage of young people’s fascination with all things soccer in order to spark their enthusiasm for political education, as well as enhance their social skills.
What are our goals?
The stadium becomes a learning center where young people discuss societal and political topics like social inclusion, racism, homophobia, and violence prevention.
How does the project work?
From 2010 to 2017, 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.
Who organizes and supports the project?
The association Lernort Stadion e.V. and the DFL Stiftung.