EuroClio Teams Up with Fare #FootballPeople Action Week to Look at Local Football Histories for Social Inclusion


History Teacher Educator Anne van Duuren (Hoge School Arnhem Nijmegen) moderated the discussion

On 20-21 October, EuroClio, as part of the Fare #FootballPeople Action Week, hosted a piloting meeting together with the Erasmus University Rotterdam Project “Sport and Nation. Migration and Changing Citizenship of Athletes“. How can football history be used to teach history to young students? That question was the main focus of the inspirational seminar. Twenty history teachers, historians, sport journalists and other interested parties joined together to discuss this issue. Team member of the EuroClio Initiative “Football. A People’s History of Europe” Mr Igor Jovanovic presented the lesson plan on the infamous Yugoslavia-USSR match of the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki. The summative report is available.

The meeting was also a moment of reflection on the initiative so far, and involves a one day planning ahead meeting with representatives of the English Football Association, Fare, Anne Frank House, Big Ideas Company and Erasmus University Rotterdam. Does your school, association or organisation wish to contribute to our Football History initiative? If so, please get in touch with Jaco Stoop.

“Learning Local Football Histories: A Tool for Social Inclusion?” Seminar in Rotterdam

This Saturday – 21 October – EuroClio will host a seminar at Erasmus University Rotterdam as part of the ongoing project, “Football. A People’s History of Europe”, which takes the history of football as a lens through which to explore wider historical themes in an accessible manner. The seminar is part of the Football People action weeks, funded by the FARE Network and participants will have the opportunity to share experiences of using football to teach history and explore possibilities for closer cooperation building on existing initiatives.

The aim of the seminar is to present EuroClio’s common framework for creating educational resources that relate to local football history, as well as the existing practices which harness the unique potential of football history to reach out to young learners. It will feature a group of professionals from relevant fields, including history teachers, sports journalists, and football historians, thus creating a diverse and active network that can further develop the intermingling of local football history and history education beyond the event.