What is the European Legends programme?
The European Football for Development Network powered European Legends programme is an Erasmus + Sport funded football-based health programme that kicked off in January 2016 and runs for a period of two-years.
The European Legends project promotes the aims of the HEPA Guidelines and the true European values of sport and will increase the awareness as regards to the role of sport in promoting health-enhancing physical activities, social inclusion and equal opportunities. Furthermore it will insure an increased participation in sport, physical activity and voluntary activity of a hard to reach target group.
13 different member clubs from 7 countries
In collaboration, 13 EFDN Network member clubs, coming from 7 different countries, work on the development and implementation of the Walking Football community programmes for a hard to reach target group. Football clubs from Portugal, Belgium, England the Netherlands, Germany, Cyprus and Norway are involved in implementing the Walking Football and Sport methodology.
The following cubs are part of the programme:
- VfL Wolfsburg
- Vaalerenga Fotball
- Fulham Football Club
- SL Benfica
- Tottenham Hotspur
- SV Werder Bremen
- Club Brugge
- KAA Gent
- Anorthosis Famagusta
- Vitesse Arnhem
- Feyenoord Rotterdam
- N.E.C Nijmegen
- PSV Eindhoven
This new Walking Football and Walking Sport methodology reaches people of 50 years and older that until recently where out of reach for grassroots sport clubs and sport based community organisations. While this method is very successful in England and the Netherlands, the Walking Football and Walking Sport methodology are unknown in other parts of Europe. Therefore, the project will not only get the direct participants active again but we will also produce a Walking Football and Walking Sport practitioners guide that sport clubs, community organisations and sport governing bodies from all parts of Europe can use to implement this methodology in their own region and inspire thousands of others.
The European Legends Walking Football Festival is an opportunity for all participating clubs to come together along with local authorities, stakeholders and sponsors to celebrate the lifespan of the programme and look at the sustainable avenues to continue the inspirational work within their regions.
If you would like to receive more detailed information on the Festival, please do not hesitate to contact EFDN.