About Us

SIDFOOT – Connecting & Supporting Communities through Sport

Our project

The aim of the SIDFOOT project is to promote physical activity and social inclusion in disconnected neighbourhoods through sport. Community drivers play a key role in the SIDFOOT methodology.

The community drivers act as role models and motivate children and youth, from disadvantaged neighbourhoods, to move, play and adapt to a healthier lifestyle.  These agents of change will be educated and supported by the project while creating safe spaces in the community and building relationships with children and youth. Sustainable project delivery will be ensured by continuous monitoring and evaluation and close collaboration with public authorities, educational institutions and sports organisations.

Our objectives

  • Identify and present successful initiatives in which sport has been used as a tool to promote social inclusion and a healthier life for the population living in disconnected areas.
  • Create and implement on the field of play the innovative figure of the “Community Football Driver”, a reference person who will be equipped and trainned to employ football’s potential  to promote the social inclusion, education in values and a healthier life for children and youth.
  • Develop an IT-based tool for self-evaluation and measurement of the impact that actions and initiatives of the “Community Football Drivers” have in the local communities.
  • Contribute to the networking and cooperation between public authorities, education institutions and sports bodies for the promotion of inclusive sport.
  • Ensure adherence to the quality standards in the implementation of the project and its outputs.
  • Guarantee the dissemination and sustainability of project results.

About us

SIDFOOT is a pan-European programme that is funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union. Real Betis Balompié Foundation coordinates the project. European Football for Development Network (NL), Universitat de les Illes Balears, Liverpool City Council, Aalborg BK, Wiener SC, Save the Dream, Brasov Metropolitan Agency for Sustainable Development, Fare are project partners.

Every year, Fundación Real Betis supports more than 300 organisations that work in the social or environmental sector, mainly in Seville and Andalusia. Each season, the Foundation implements  a long list of initiatives to improve social, economic and environmental factors within the community. Website: https://www.realbetisbalompie.es/fundacionrbb/

The European Football for Development Network (EFDN) consists of more than 100 professional football clubs, leagues and FAs who are committed to their communities and social responsibilities with a  passion to cooperate and engage on a European level. The network aims to promote the power of football as a tool for social development and support the efforts of  network members..

Website: www.efdn.org

The University of the Balearic Islands (UIB) welcomes students  to study and research in a privileged backdrop, where the peace, tranquillity and wellbeing of Mediterranean living blends  in perfect harmony with a work-oriented environment designed to educate, generate knowledge and innovate, while always aspiring to excellence in research and quality.

Website: https://www.uib.cat/

Liverpool City Council is the lead delivery partner for the Liverpool Activity Strategy 2014-21 programme and works with a range of stakeholders, including Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group and Sport England, to resource and deliver the vision and aims of the strategy.

Website: https://liverpool.gov.uk/

Aalborg Boldspilklub is a Danish sports club based in the city of Aalborg. The club is also known as AaB for short (cf. logo) or Aalborg BK. Through time the club has had branches in cricket, tennis, ice hockey, handball, and basketball, but currently controls teams in football, American football, and floorball. All teams are competing in the top-flight Danish league in their respective sport.

Website: https://aabsport.dk/

The Wiener Sport-Club (WSC) was founded on the 24 February  1883 as the ‘Wiener Radfahrerclub’. In the beginning, the club was  just a cycling club, but after some years also fencing was introduced to the club. 1890 saw the introduction of  gymnastics making it  a multisport club.

Website: https://wienersportclub.com/


Contact person(s): Maximilian Oprzedek

E-mail: maximilian.oprzedek@wsc.at

ICSS INSIGHT is a non-profit entity established under the umbrella of the International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS) to assist governments, international bodies, sport organisations, civil society and the business sector in the development of advanced policies, through a multisectoral approach, to safeguard sport.

Website: http://theicss.org/icss-insight/

Brasov Metropolitan Agency was established at the beginning of 2006 through the joint efforts of Brasov Municipality and the communities in the metropolitan area, together with Brasov County Council.

Website: https://www.metropolabrasov.ro/

The Fare network is an umbrella organisation that brings together individuals, informal groups and organisations driven to combat inequality in football and use the sport as a means for social change. Fare’s commitment to tackle discrimination through football’s inclusive power is based on the principle that the game belongs to us all and can propel social cohesion.

Website: https://farenet.org/?lang=it

Why we do it

How we do it

  • We are sharing best practices (link to best practice page)
  • We are identifying, educating and supporting Community Drivers
  • We are developing tools to maximise the impact of Community Drivers across Europe