Why are we running this project?

The "Learning at the Stadium" project, initiated by the Robert Bosch Stiftung and successfully transferred to the DFL Foundation at the end of 2017, showed that soccer can open the door to raising young people’s interest in socio-political issues. The follow-up project, “Jugend - Trainer – STÄRKEN,” focuses on the importance of youth coaches as role models. Through various training courses for coaches and joint activities of amateur and professional clubs, soccer clubs are to become places of democratic socialization for young people.

What are our goals?

The project aims to strengthen both coaches and young players from amateur and professional clubs in their skills and sensitize them to democratic processes in the participating clubs. On top of that, activities are launched in the environment of the participating clubs to strengthen young people in their self-efficacy in their neighborhoods. Further training on topics such as racism, conflict management, and intercultural skills as well as participatory club activities are to ensure democratic socialization within the clubs.

How does the project work?

The pilot project involves eight professional clubs from Germany’s first and second national leagues, each partnering with at least four amateur clubs in their respective regions. The project will run for two years and is divided into three phases: In the first phase, the coaches of the amateur and professional clubs are sensitized to issues of democracy promotion through training courses and supervision. In the second phase, activities are launched in the environment of the respective clubs as the club management, prevention officers, and other key staff turn their respective clubs into more democratic and non-discriminatory spaces. In the third phase, the young members of all clubs are encouraged to take responsibility for their social space and shape it through joint activities.

Who are the target groups?

The project targets both coaches and young players of regionally connected professional and amateur soccer clubs.

Where is the project run?

In the first project phase, the professional clubs involved are Eintracht Frankfurt, Arminia Bielefeld, Eintracht Braunschweig, and Borussia Dortmund. These cooperate with up to five amateur clubs each in their respective regions.

Wer steht dahinter?

"Youth - Coaches - STRENGTHS" is supported by the Robert Bosch Stiftung and run by the DFL Foundation and Arbeit und Leben Bielefeld e.V.