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
- Global Reporting Initiative: Kicking Off Change: Unlocking Sustainability through Reporting
- STEAM Education by Eduwinkel
- IFK Göteborg: A club for everyone or just a few
- 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
- EFDN – Building the More than Football Action Weeks together
- Wolves Foundation – Growth & Development of Health & Wellbeing
- International Fair Play Committee
- 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
- Premier League: Women and Girls Football
- EFDN Sustainability Projects – Developing Climate Justice Projects driven by the fan and the community.
- 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
- Chelsea Foundation
- Big Hearts – Maximising Fundraising with Supporters
- EFDN Nature Based Solutions Education in Football – NBS EduWorld
02:45 pm Closing ceremony
03:00 pm Closure EFDN Conference
HOW CAN YOU REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE?
Please fill in the registration form here.
WHO IS ATTENDING?
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