• Partner: EFDN
  • Collaborator: Barça Foundation Refugee Programme
  • Contact: Martyn Rijkhoff
  • Email: m.rijkhoff@efdn.org


The Community Champions League is an EFDN project in partnership with nine community-engaged football clubs from the Netherlands, England, Scotland, Norway, Portugal, Hungary, Belgium and Germany. NAC Breda, Feyenoord Foundation, Aberdeen FC Community Trust, Chelsea Foundation, Club Brugge Foundation, SV Werder Bremen, Vålerenga Fotball, Ferencvarosi TC and Fundação Benfica deliver the Pan-European programme in collaboration with EFDN. 

To promote social integration through sport, the Community Champions League provides the opportunity for youngsters from different cultures to come together to build relationships and friendships, while breaking down barriers through the prevention of violence, racism and intolerance in grassroots sports and their communities.

The Community Champions League project highlights the key element of “cultural understanding” in order to generate and emphasise mutual respect, at the same time as, helping the participants involved boost their confidence, to build strong relationships between other young people in their communities.

The project is focused on fair play, respect and tolerance, promoting social cohesion, equal opportunities and participation in sports for young boys and girls between the ages of 7 and 15 years.  More specifically, the local Community Champions League puts young people with different backgrounds from the same neighbourhood together to compete as a team against their peers from other parts of the city, in order to become the Community Champions of their city. The participating clubs organise workshops, community contributions and other events to promote volunteering and active citizenship. Thanks to a dynamic engagement of the whole neighbourhood within the programme, strong and active communities are, therefore, naturally being built within the cities.

There are two ways to recruit participants for the Community Champions League programme:

  • Clubs are getting in touch with schools and select a minimum of 12 schools which take part in the Community Champions League competition. The participating schools come from different areas of the city.
  • Participants can subscribe on the clubs’ Foundation page to take part in the CCL competition. Once participants are subscribed and allowed to join the competition teams will be divided based on the district and postal code where they live.

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