Looking back to a successful EFDN Congress in Gent

Looking back to a successful EFDN Congress in Gent

The 11th EFDN Congress was a huge success. Approx. 150 delegates from all over Europe met in Ghent for the 11th EFDN Conference “CSR in Football”.


Afterwards EFDN and the clubdeligates thanked KAA Gent, their foundation and all volunteers for being a great host. The first feedback of participants has been very positive and we hope that the delegates took a lot of inspirational ideas, new contacts and concrete advises for the day-to-day activities of their institutions back home.

Two days of inspiration

After a busy day 1, day 2 began with a presentation of the Brussels-based United Nations Regional Information Centre (UNRIC) about its work and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The aim of the presentation was to inform the delegates about possibilities for the implementation of the SDGs in their community work and future opportunities for collaboration.  In the following networking roundtables, concrete ideas and suggestions for the strategy, activities and objectives of EFDN and future programmes were discussed and collected.

For the third and last breakout sessions of the event, the delegates could choose between presentations of Olympique Lyonnais, the Belgium Pro League and Tim Breitbarth (CSR Communication in Europe).

The roundtables were followed by a presentation of the Charlton Athletic Community Trust. Chief Executive Jason Morgan presented the projects of the trust and results of the most recent Impact Report.

In the afternoon the delegates had the chance to meet practitioners and programme participants from host KAA Gent Foundation at three different study visits. The conference participants visited a programme for homeless people, a local collaboration in youth football or the community building of KAA Gent.