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FIE Supports Football Beyond Borders

FIE was pleased to support Football Beyond Borders in their first event, which saw student-footballers from Europe, Africa, the Middle-East and South America converge on London in July 2011 in order to participate in an international football tournament with a difference. This project uses football as a common medium through which to engage in cross-cultural dialogue, facilitating understanding and experiential exchange, with a focus upon building lasting links between international students, communities and educational institutions.

Football Beyond Borders is a student-led project which was set-up in 2009 that uses the universal game to engage with communities across the world with the following objectives:

  • Include the voice of grassroots communities within the academic debate
  • Break down barriers and prejudices
  • Champion education
  • Create a transnational network of students dedicated to international development

The project aims to engage with students and communities from across the globe, using football as a medium for cultural understanding and experiential exchange, whilst also putting education back at the top of the agenda, and emphasizing the plurality of the issues currently facing the global community.