The venue – 19th EFDN Conference

The venue – 19th EFDN Conference

The European Football for Development Network (EFDN) will host its 19th EFDN Conference from the 20th until the 22nd of March 2022 in Seville, Spain. The topic of this EFDN Conference will be “#MoreThanFootball“, which will take place at the Benito Villamarín, the stadium of EFDN Member Real Betis Balompié.

Benito Villamarín

·      Built: 1929 (renovated: 1982, 2000, 2017)

·      Club: Real Betis Balompié

·      Capacity: 60,271

Real Betis Balompié was founded on 12 September 1907. It received the honorary title of Real in 1914, granted by King Alfonso XIII. The name Real Betis Balompié is characterised by being one of the few in national football with words of exclusively Castilian origin, and the oldest with this characteristic.

Its highest honours are a League Championship, obtained in the 1934-35 season, and three King’s Cups, won in 1977, 2005 and 2022. It was the first Andalusian team to play in the Spanish Primera División and also the first to play in the UEFA Champions League in its current format.

The Foundation

Fundación Real Betis believes that football can be used as a tool to promote educational values, to contribute to the fight against marginalisation and social exclusion, as well as to promote healthy life habits among children and young people.

Every year, Fundación Real Betis supports more than 300 organisations that work in the social or environmental sector, mainly in Seville and Andalusia. Each Season, the Foundation addresses a long list of initiatives to continue their work to improve social, economic and environmental factors within the community, being aware that social responsibility is increasingly important in any type of organisation, but much more so in a club like Real Betis Balompié, where the value of feelings and emotions are always present.

The foundation follows the guidelines established by the historical and philosophical values ​​and the universal social dimensions of Real Betis Balompié. To achieve this, Fundación Real Betis Balompié developed different programmes and activities to give back to society, in the way that the Betis fans give to the club every day.