Some would say football is nothing more than 22 people chasing a ball around a pitch for 90 minutes. Those people are not necessarily wrong, but history is made up of whatever people have come to value, and certainly football – a game played and watched by billions for over 100 years – seems highly valued.
Sport – and particularly football – appeals to millions of Europeans, regardless of their sexual orientation, colour, gender, age, nationality or religion, often becoming a defining factor of identities and communities. Football history is made up of millions of stories, of individuals and communities, of movements and processes, which can open doors to the conversations we need to have in the present, as it helps to promote shared values, equality, non-discrimination and social inclusion.
We are proud to launch our webinar series and thematic month on football history & education.
“FC EuroClio” will consist of three online sessions, taking place on three consecutive Fridays (28/05, 04/06, 11/06). It will open with a Panel Discussion on the Social Significance of Sport. The panel discussion will bring forward voices from various fields, including academia, journalism, heritage, education, and football. The Panel Discussion will be followed by parallel workshops on how football history can be used in the classroom, with examples on how to use it to teach about what is “identity”, the rise of fascism and anti-Semitism in Europe, and changing borders in continental Europe in 1800 and 1900.
The webinar series will end with an interactive session, during which we will look into how the life stories of (extra)ordinary people can be used to spark discussion in the classroom, and collectively design new life stories.
During the webinar series, you will:
● Learn examples that address the history of rising fascism and anti-Semitism in Europe, and the formation of the European nation state in the XIX and XX
● Discuss the social significance of sports, and whether there is a space for sport in the classroom, with colleagues from across Europe;
● Discuss your experiences in using sports to teach history with colleagues from across Europe;
● Learn more about the Football Makes History project and its results.
The ‘Football Makes History‘ project started in September 2018 with the purpose to bring football history to the classroom to:
● Promote diversity, non-discrimination and equality, including gender equality;
● Promote social, civic and intercultural competencies and critical thinking;
● Engage cultural heritage by accessing the histories, memories and legacies residing in football history in transnational perspectives, both at local and national level;
● Raise public awareness on the role of learning for social inclusion and increase the sharing of innovative practices across the continent.
Check out the dedicated website: you’ll find inspiring stories, videos and innovative educational resources.
Participation to this webinar series is free.
Please register to the entire series even if you wish to attend only one session.
Would you like more information on the webinar series?
Please, reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “football makes history”. We will be in contact as soon as possible.