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Support our policy recommendations on the value and potential of football history and heritage

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Football Makes History is an educational project funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. It seeks to help young people explore European history and heritage through the lens of football.

With millions of practitioners, fans and spectators, football is the most popular sport in the world. In our view, the potential to use football history and heritage for social inclusion purposes remains a largely untapped resource.

The responsibility to help unleash the full potential of football history and football heritage rests on many shoulders. There are obstacles across policy areas. To help policy-makers in making the most appropriate decisions they can, we have designed a set of policy and action recommendations.

Do you share our conviction that the diversity of football and football history can help address social exclusion and discrimination? Then sign our Policy Manifesto urging policymakers at all levels to give football history and football heritage the attention it deserves. We believe the way to achieve that is to:

Emphasise and embrace the diversity that exists in football and football history

The diversity of the game and the people who watch and practise it, provide us with a unique opportunity to promote inclusion. All organisations and individuals involved in football and football history should strive to give a voice to those who have so far been left out of popular narratives in football history. Educators, clubs, associations and federations all bear a responsibility to tackle not only the history of success and achievement, but to also look beyond the ‘good stories’ towards people who were excluded or were pioneers in giving the game its current diversity. 

Provide teachers more flexibility to include football history in education.

Educators have, in most countries, limited leeway in incorporating new and innovative teaching materials when applying prescribed curricula. Making use of innovative educational activities, including on football history, can as a result be difficult. To counter this, policymakers should embrace the concept of a more open, teacher-led curricula. Allowing teachers to unleash the full potential of their unique knowledge and expertise would be an important step in using football history as a tool to foster social inclusion in classroom settings.

Support football clubs and associations more to better use of their own histories for social inclusion

Football clubs and football associations are often not fully aware of the potential in using their status and heritage in local communities for social inclusion activities. This includes the potential of dealing with local history from the perspective of national football or club history, including players who left their marks on society, iconic events which took place in historically relevant contexts, or reflecting prevalent historical features. This is particularly relevant as clubs and associations can use inspiring and sometimes difficult and challenging stories from their past as a foundation in their work in combatting expressions of discrimination and intolerance in their stadiums.

See football history and heritage as a key popular culture (then and now)

Both the heritage and football worlds should foster cross-sectoral partnerships, including with local communities and the education sector. Just as some football bodies could be more aware of the potential that exists in their role as ‘owners’ of heritage and history, the history, museum and heritage sectors may also not be fully aware of the role football and football history can play in reaching new and varied audiences. Advancing partnerships between traditional custodians of heritage such as museums, the education sector and the world of football could similarly inspire new and engaging educational materials tackling social exclusion through the lens of football history.

See football history and heritage as a key popular culture (then and now)

Educators should be encouraged to combine their activities with other aspects of popular culture in order to reach broader audiences. History is a pervasive discipline and there is a story to be told about all subject matters. In the same way that sport and history can help address discrimination, policy should encourage the application of other cross-discipline projects, as they can garner the particularities of different disciplines and put them at the service of education in general. The transferability or the combining of activities in local football history for tackling exclusion with other domains of popular culture and other sports should be encouraged.

Reason

We believe that football history and heritage is too rarely used as a vehicle for social inclusion – be it in the heritage, education or sport sectors.

Football appeals to millions of Europeans, regardless of their sexual orientation, colour, gender, age, nationality or religion. It is often a defining factor of identities and communities. The rich local cultural heritage of football and its shared history covering the turbulent 20th century offers direct access to addressing past and present diversity.

Do you share our conviction that the diversity of football and football history can help address issues of social exclusion and discrimination? Then support us in giving football history and football heritage the attention it deserves!

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Why people sign

  • on 30 Aug 2021

    Because things are not okay on the football pitch nowadays

  • on 25 Aug 2021

    Ik ervaar dat het werkt. Voetbal(geschiedenis) is inclusief!

  • on 09 Aug 2021

    Ai fini di una maggiore consapevolezza di essere europei

  • on 09 Aug 2021

    Il calcio ha tanti valori positivi spesso ignorati per convinzioni sbagliate

  • on 31 Jul 2021

    This petition is very important to me because I am from Africa and thus, black. I share the same conviction that the diversity of football and it's history can help address social exclusion and discrimination in all forms. So I am signing this Policy Manifesto urging policymakers to give football and football heritage the attention it deserves. Though players specifically in England take the knee before kick off of matches affirming their support & solidarity for 'Black Lives Matter' campaign, it's appalling that certain discriminatory events sparked after the EURO 2020 final game between England and Italy. In the English squad, three 'Black' players in the English squad (Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho & Bukayo Saka) were subjected to vile and demeaning racist abuse and remarks because they missed their penalties. A distinction was made by those racists and implyed the 'Black' players caused the teams loss in the tournament after reaching a major final in 55 years. Consequently, some Italian fans, Black folks in England were subjected to violent attacks by some English fans as images and vidoes were circulating all over Twitter. This is an example I've sighted against numerous examples that still permeates football despite the diversity that exists in this sport. Football is like a religion that footballers, fans and all alike worship and follow. The bond/support associated with this game is second to none! The diversity of this game provides a vital opportunity to promote inclusion in every sphere in relation to gender, color, age, nationality, sexual orientation, race, religion and location. Football appeals to millions of people all over the world, particularly Europeans. With this, 'organisations and individuals involved in football and football history should strive to give a voice to those who have so far been left out of popular narratives in football history'. Football is 'often a defining factor of identities and communities'. So, all hands need to be on deck in order to curb this challenge. As a member of EuroClio, Europe's admirer and ardent fan of football, I share in the conviction that: the diversity that exists in football should be embraced/emphasized, provide teachers more flexibility to include football history in education, support football clubs to better use their own histories for social inclusion, and see football history and heritage as a key and popular culture. I support the Football Makes History Petition!

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