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Social Responsibility partners get together

In what is now an annual tradition, UEFA's social responsibility partners came to the House of European Football to review last season's performance and discuss future activities.

Social Responsibility partners get together
Social Responsibility partners get together ©UEFA.com

It has now become an annual tradition for UEFA's social responsibility partners to come together to review the past year and plan for the season ahead.

The workshop coincides with the publication of the 2015/16 UEFA Football Social Responsibility (FSR) report. Around €4.2m was invested in FSR activities last season, covering a range of topics such as inclusion, diversity, solidarity, peace and reconciliation, health, fan dialogue, and environment.

"It has been great to catch-up with fellow social and responsibility partners and see how they are progressing," said Adam McEvoy from the European Powerchair Football Association. "This, and the topics brought forward for discussion by UEFA, gave us some positive ideas which we are very excited about, and we'll look forward to implementing them over the coming months."

UEFA is determined to keep ensuring that football makes a valuable contribution to society, and to refine the processes and tools which enable the game's European governing body to do that work. Topics discussed at the workshop included best practices amongst the partners, collaboration between partners and football associations, and including human rights criteria in the bidding processes for the 2018/19 club competitions and UEFA EURO 2024.

Ryan Mackie from the Homeless World Cup said: "It has been an interesting couple of days. We found out about UEFA's plans going forward and explored some potential opportunities for collaboration with other partners."

The current cycle will end with the football season on 30 June and partners left Nyon motivated to contribute to the drafting of the 2016/17 UEFA Social Responsibility Report.

Attendees at the 2017 FSR partners workshop included delegates from:
Centre for Access to Football in Europe (CAFE)
Colour Blind Awareness (CBA)
Cross Cultures Project Association (CCPA)
International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA)
International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
International Federation of Cerebral Palsy Football (IFCPF)
International platform on sport and development (SAD)
European Amputee Football Federation (EAFF)
European Deaf Sports Organisation (EDSO)
European Healthy Stadia Network (EHSN)
European Powerchair Football Association (EPFA)
Football Against Racism in Europe Network (FARE)
Football Supporters Europe (FSE)
Homeless World Cup (HWC)
streetfootballworld (SFW)
Special Olympics Europe Eurasia (SOEE)
Supporters Direct Europe (SDE)
Terre des Hommes International Federation (TDHIF)
World Heart Federation (WHF)
World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)