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.

Teaching History Trough Football: Piloting Meeting in Frankfurt

EuroClio Project Updates

A group of educators within EuroClio network came together in Frankfurt, Germany on 4-6 November to develop a concept and an educational framework for teaching European history through football. This work was done as part of a EuroClio initiative to start a new long-term project titled “Football, a People’s History of Europe”. The Project addresses societal challenges through the transformational potential of football and its history. History educators, football historians and pedagogy experts from 15 countries are already involved with the project.

The meeting was hosted by Eintracht Frankfurt museum. On Friday 4 November a learning activity testing the pedagogical framework was successfully tested. A non-gymnasium class of 23 students between 13-16 years of age came to the museum for the workshop “World Team Eintracht Frankfurt” piloted by Matthias Thoma. Of 12 boys and 11 girls all had immigrant backgrounds, and some of them had only been in Germany for a year. The workshop dealt with the origins of current and previous Eintracht Frankfurt players, and it combined geography and history to teach about the local history of Frankfurt.

The feedback from both the students and their teachers were almost unanimously positive. Teachers noted that students profited from active hands-on approach and the whole class was well engaged in the workshop. Students were given a questionnaire to fill out, and based on their answers they found the trip to the museum exciting and the lesson interesting. Even most of the students who stated they were not interested in history estimated the workshop as fascinating.

After the workshop the team continued to further develop the concepts of the project as well as other learning activities. On Saturday 5 November, the intensive day of work was concluded with a match between Eintracht Frankfurt and FC Köln. The game ended in a 1-0 victory for Eintracht Frankfurt, and the team members enjoyed the mixture of football and German culture in the stadium.

EuroClio is expanding partnerships with stakeholders, including clubs, leagues and football organisations to pilot further educational materials. Check the project page for more information about the initiative.

Football. A People’s History of Europe

Football: a people’s history of Europe, Kicks Off

Sports and Education

Football, the most favorite sport of Europe is now more than 150 years old and it has been an important witness of the 20th century history, so there is no wonder why EuroClio is willing to use sports history in the classroom. The history of local football clubs is a great way to build an European wide educational module which connects local sport history to European events and processes through history .

Aim of the Project

The project Football: a people’s history of Europe shows that football clubs all over Europe have their own local history but also operate on international level, it illuminates the relevance of local histories, memories and legacies as well as the connection between the local and the global. Football can teach students the knowledge needed it of local histories to really understand the global history because local and global history are interconnected with each other. By including football in history education, we can include cultural identities that are seen as not important into official school curricula. Six themes will form this project: gender, extremist, conflict, identity, diversity, migration and politics.

The kick-off meeting took place in Belfast, Northern Ireland on the 23th of March 2016. It was the first time that all interested partners were together to discuss the framework and ideas of this projects. The partners, for now are: EuroClio, British Council/Big Ideas Company and the Anne Frank Foundation. In the near future we will find more partners and contacts for this project, set up more meetings and set up the first pilot event in cooperation with Eintracht Franfurt Museum.

Support our Proposal: History of Football to Teach 20th Century Europe

EuroClio Project Updates

Football, A People’s History to Europe. Legacies and Memories in History Education.

This project is the first to connect history education and football on a European scale. We aim for a freely available online educational resource on the history of football, including transnational source collections, joining learning activities and historical content that illuminate how football offers us a people’s history of Europe. We will engage a working group of history educators, historians, civil society, schools and local football clubs to create a framework on how football history can be used in history education in all European national systems.

This resource will be ready and widely used in time for the European Championship of 2020 to a large public that common European history education is possible.

You can support our proposal  here.