20th EFDN Conference in Athens

20th EFDN Conference in Athens

The European Football for Development Network (EFDN) will host its 20th EFDN Conference from 13-15 November 2023 in Athens, Greece. The topic of this EFDN Conference will be “Making Football Matter”, which will take place at the OPAP Arena, the stadium of EFDN Member AEK Athens.

This event will be the next European gathering for our environmental, social and governance (ESG) network after the successful 19th EFDN Conference that took place in Seville in March 2023, hosted by EFDN Member Real Betis Balompié in the venue of their stadium the Benito Villamarín.

EFDN Conferences bring a unique opportunity for ESG experts and newcomers into the ESG world to learn from each other and share their insights about topics such as fundraising in ESG, environmental sustainability, anti-discrimination, social inclusion, online safeguarding, physical activity in a younger and older population, or STEM education, among others. The format of the conference includes panels, breakout sessions, study visits and roundtables, and offers multiple chances to network and connect with other EFDN members and experts in the ESG in football.

12.00 pm Lunch and networking session 

01.00 pm Opening League and FA meeting 

01.05 pm Welcome by EFDN – Making Football Matter 

01.15 pm EFDN & University Utrecht – More than Football – More than Sports Networks 

01.30 pm Premier League 

02.00 pm Upshot – Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting 

02.30 pm SPFL Trust – How football can reduce the Diabetes epidemic: Football Fans in Training 

03.00 pm Networking Break 

03.15 pm English Football League Trust – The growing importance of football club community  

organisations in delivering public & private sector CSR partnerships. 

03.45 pm Global Reporting Initiative – Kicking Off Change: Unlocking Sustainability through Reporting 

04.15 pm Round tables

05.00 pm Closure League and FA meeting  

08:00 pm Welcome Dinner

The conference kicks off with a warm welcome dinner, providing attendees with the opportunity to network and connect with fellow participants from around the continent.

Day 2 Tuesday, November 14th

09:00 am Doors open and networking sessions

09:30 am General Assembly for EFDN Members

10:00 am Welcome conference attendees

10:30 am Official opening EFDN Conference

10:45 am Presentation by AEK Athens FC

11:15 am Welcome through Football Panel

11:45 am KRC Genk – KRC Young Dementia Café

12:00 pm Legia Warsaw – #ReadyToHelp Refugees from Ukraine

12:15 pm FC Samfund – Together on the field

12:30 pm St Johnstone Community Trust – Saints Academy INclusion Through Sport

12:45 pm Union of European Clubs

01:00 pm Beyond the Finish Line: ‘All-In and Win’ – A New Era of Inclusive Sports

01:15 pm Lunch

02:15 pm Fingerspitz – Online ESG Marketing

02:45 pm Breakout Sessions

  1. Global Reporting Initiative: Kicking Off Change: Unlocking Sustainability through Reporting
  2. STEAM Education by Eduwinkel
  3. IFK Göteborg: A club for everyone or just a few
  4. EFDN Welcome through Football – Behind our refugee inclusion project.

03:30 pm Coffee & networking break

04:00 pm EFDN Update – Making Football Matter

04:15 pm Breakout Sessions

  1. EFDN – Building the More than Football Action Weeks together
  2. Wolves Foundation – Growth & Development of Health & Wellbeing 
  3. International Fair Play Committee
  4. EFDN All-in and Win – Kicking Barriers, championing LGBTQIA+ Inclusion in Sports.

05:00 pm Closing Day 2

07:00 pm Acropolis Museum Tour

08:00 pm EFDN More than Football Award Dinner at the Acropolis Museum

Day 3 Wednesday, November 15th

09:30 am Doors open & networking sessions

09:55 am Kick-off Day 3

10:00 am Women in Football Panel: Breaking the glass ceiling on all levels in Football.   

10:45 am Breakout Session

  1. Premier League: Women and Girls Football
  2. EFDN Sustainability Projects – Developing Climate Justice Projects driven by the fan and the community.
  3. EFDN Walking Football League

11:30 am Networking coffee Break

12:00 pm Manchester City FC: City in the Community

12:30 pm River Plate Foundation – Una banda de valores

01:00 pm Lunch

02:00 pm Breakout Session

  1. Chelsea Foundation
  2. Big Hearts – Maximising Fundraising with Supporters
  3. EFDN Nature Based Solutions Education in Football – NBS EduWorld

02:45 pm Closing ceremony
03:00 pm Closure EFDN Conference


Please fill in the registration form here.


Clubs, leagues and FAs and their community organisations from all across Europe.


The fully detailed programme of the 20th EFDN Conference will be published soon

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