2022 #MorethanFootball Award

2022 #MorethanFootball Award

The goal of the More than Football Award is to honour the best social initiatives in Europe delivered by a European Club, League or FA by celebrating the work they do on and off-pitch on a local, national and international levels. We will hand out the Award for the best project promoted during the 18th EFDN Conference in Budapest, Hungary, which will be assessed not only on the quality of the project but also on the level of promotion and engagement. The 2022 #Morethanfootball Award is powered by Musco Lighting.

The winner of the 2022 #MorethanFootball Award will not only receive recognition for having implemented the most innovative and impactful Community and Social Responsibility programme in European football, but they will also win a complete Mini-Pitch System™ modular sports solution. The club-branded mini-pitch will be developed in partnership with the winning organisation, EFDN and Musco.

During the 17th Conference in Liverpool the Longlist for the #MorethanFootball Award 2022 has been unveiled:

The foundations of the following clubs compete for the Award and the club-branded Mini-Pitch by Musco Lighting.

  • Falkirk Foundation – Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service Project
  • FC Twente Scoren in de Wijk – Senior Community FC Twente
  • Feyenoord Rotterdam – Club1908
  • Newcastle United Foundation – Building a United Future
  • SV Werder Bremen – Klare Kante gegen Rassismus
  • Northampton Town Community Trust FC – Tackling Loneliness
  • Fundazioa Athletic Club – Culture and Football
  • Juventus FC – Un Calcio al Razzismo (A Kick to Racism)
  • Fundación Alcoraz – “Juega tu Papél – Play your paper”
  • VFL Wolfsburg – #Vielfalt School for Diversity Project


  • The project needs to be promoted by the club, league or FA during the More than Football Action Weeks.
  • The project needs to be delivered by the club, league or FA and cannot be an external initiative that is supported by the club, league or FA.
  • The project must have a proven positive impact in the community.
  • The project can be replicated by different sized clubs, leagues and FAs in Europe.
  • To apply you need to be an EFDN member


21.03.2022 – Start of the application period 

30.04.2022 – End of the application period

09.-11.05.2022 – Announcement of the More than Football Award longlist during 17th EFDN Conference in Liverpool (10 organisations)

14-16.11.2022 – More than Football Award ceremony during 18th EFDN Conference in Budapest, Hungary 


Big Hearts Community Trust, the foundation of Heart of Midlothianwon the More than Football Award 2021 powered by Musco Lighting for The Big Hearts Supporters’ Movement’. Heart of Midlothain became the third European football club to win the award, after Club Brugge won the second one at the 16th EFDN Conference in Breda in November 2021 for ‘The Bear and his Scarf’ and the Shakhtar Donetsk Social Foundation who won the first at the 13th EFDN Conference in Barcelona in November 2019 for their “Come On, Let’s Play” project.

EFDN members chose the winner during the 16th EFDN ‘#Morethanfootball’ Conference, the largest gathering of CSR-experts in European football. The goal of the More than Football Award is to honour the best social initiatives in Europe delivered by a European Club, League or FA.

Big Hearts Supporters are a leading light in Scottish football and remain at the centre of everything that Big Hearts does. On average every year, they contribute to more than 4,000 hours of meaningful support changing the lives of hundreds of vulnerable adults and children. In 2020 amidst the pandemic, over 145 brand-new Big Hearts Supporters stepped up to volunteer with us. In the first six months of lockdown, our charity had supported 8,000 vulnerable people – three times more than in the previous 12 months. The determination and kindness from Hearts fans enabled them to create new initiatives, where volunteers could get involved safely whilst providing vital support to groups most at risk of Covid-19.

  • 2,000+ welfare phone calls to older people isolated in their homes. One of the volunteers involved was the Head coach of the Heart of Midlothian Women’s Team.
  • 138,000+ packed meals prepared for homeless groups in Edinburgh.
  • 4,100+ printed reminiscence parcels for fans living with dementia.A new team of Gazette contributors was set up to write inspiringstories and recollections from good old days.
  • 1,200+ tailored presents donated and distributed for Christmas.
  • 400+ hours of peer support to fans via video chats. 5 of the most popular Hearts’ podcasts decided to open Zoom calls to fans for a chance to speak together twice a week during lockdown.