Recap of the second Conference day in Seville!

21 March 2023

Recap of the second Conference day in Seville!

We started our second conference day with perfect sunny weather in Seville. The second day started with a sustainability panel led by Hubert Rovers from EFDN, Rafael Muela Pastor from Real Betis Balompié and part of the newest EFDN Member Istanbul Başakşehir FK, Aslı E. Koç. The panel’s main discussion was, of course, sustainability and also how collaboration plays a huge role in sustainability.

Collaboration is a very big part of it. Examples are the collaboration with Real Betis and of course the More than Football movement of EFDN.

Aslı E. Koç, Istanbul Başakşehir FK

Let’s make some green noise together!

Rafael Muela Pastor, Real Betis Balompié

After the sustainability panel, we continue with our various type of interactive workshops with different topics. Topics like Fundraising, Communication, Health… and many more. In the workshops every participants give their opinion about the specific topics.

After the workshops and after the participants of the conference enjoyed their break in the beautiful Estadio Benito Villamarin, we had a presentation led by Hubert Rovers which was called “EFDN Making Football Matter”. The presentation consists of recent projects and campaigns of EFDN with remarks about those projects and campaigns with the plans for future events, projects and iniatitives.

Right after Hubert’s presentation Yuriy Sviridov from Shakhtar Social took the lead for his presentation about “European Football Powers Up Ukraine”. Where he talked about the current situation in Ukraine with the ongoing war. He further dives deep into the creating the Power Up Ukraine iniatative with EFDN and explained the issues and challenges they come across on the way and on the result.

After our last presentation for today, it was again time for the break-out sessions this time from: Northampton Town FC Community Trust, Erasmus University and SDG Striker. All facilitated at the same time for everyone. For the Northampton Town FC Community Trust session it is explained how the award winning project “Tackling Loneliness” was delivered, who it supported, the impact it has, and continues to make, to reduce feelings of loneliness across the community.

After the break-out sessions, to give the closing remarks for the 19th EFDN #Morethanfootball Conference our project manager Vicky Conde Sancho came to the main stage. She gave her remarks about the conference and thanked every delegate for participating in the conference. Lastly, she thanked our host Real Betis Balompie for the 19th Conference.