European clubs, leagues and FAs register for 14th Conference

27 October 2020

European clubs, leagues and FAs register for 14th Conference

Clubs, leagues and FAs and their Community and Social Responsibility (CSR) foundations continue to register for the virtual 14th EFDN Conference scheduled for 9-11 November. EFDN made an offer for non-member clubs to receive one free ticket while member clubs receive four free tickets. The gesture has been well received with many clubs taking it up seeing the number of registrations going up.


At the same time, the list of speakers continues to grow. The latest confirmed speaker is Aston Villa Foundation head Guy Rippon who will present on how their programmes favour the social inclusion of individuals with disabilities through football. His “Working With and For People With Disabilities” presentation will provide an overview of the work of the Aston Villa Foundation and the club’s provision for people with a range of disabilities.

Our three-day event will be the largest gathering of Community and Social Responsibility (CSR) in football experts across Europe. Conference participants will discuss challenges like the impact of Covid-19 on CSR, fundraising, gender equality, racism, social inclusion sustainability and youth crime. There will be presentations and panel discussions delivered and moderated by industry experts. The conference will also officially conclude the 2020 #Morethanfootball Action Weeks. Four organisations will present their shortlisted project and one will win the More Than Football Award and a fully branded mini-pitch sponsored by Musco Lighting.


EFDN is assembling a stellar cast of speakers for the conference. Top experts in the field of CSR within European football will present on a variety of issues and highlight the successes of their various programmes.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Karin Heri (Malmö FF) – Show Racism the Red Card
  • Guy Rippon (Aston Villa Foundation) – Working With and For People with Disabilities
  • Maria Vallès (Barça Foundation) – Sustainable Development Goals
  • Monica Namy (UEFA) – Hattrick programme
  • Justin Coleman (Alliance of Sport in Justice) – Theory of Change
  • Tomas Abreu (Brentford FC Community Trust) – Partnerships and fundraising
  • Greg Baker (Saints Foundation) – New CSR strategy
  • Nicole Wilde (Saints Foundation) – New CSR strategy
  • Matt Mead (Sphero) – STEM Education
  • Ian Boyd (Notts County FC Football in the Community) – The Portland Leisure Centre
  • Sam Crawford (Notts County FC Football in the Community) – The Portland Leisure Centre
  • Bas Schreurs (Twente Enschede) – Supporter van Elkaar
  • Preeti Shetty (Upshot) – Monitoring & Evaluation
  • Sue Gregory (Everton in the Community) – Youth crime prevention
  • Jed Cohen (Johannes Kepler University) – GREENFOOT concept
  • Fabrizio Tavaroli (RINA Consulting) – GREENFOOT concept
  • Phillip Smith (Northampton Town FC Community Trust) – CSR strategy
  • Sharon Dale (Derby County) – Mental Health
  • Luke Wilkinson (Derby County) – Mental Health
  • Richard McBrearty (Football Memories Scotland) – Football Memories


Clubs, leagues and FAs and their community organisations from all across Europe have signed up already. Meet CSR professionals from organisations like Barça Foundation, LFC Foundation, LFP, PAOK FC, Borussia Dortmund, Everton in the Community, FC Schalke 04, Irish FA, SL Benfica, Bayer 04 Leverkusen, Valerenga, UEFA and Standard de Liege.