The Scottish FA North Region benefitted from a recent Erasmus+ supported educational exchange visit to Aalborg in Northern Denmark. The group travelling to Denmark consisted of key influencers across the game within a host of community-focused football clubs alongside some decision makers within Further Education and the national agency, sportscotland.
Aalborg was an obvious destination due to the good practice around club development and the partnership projects they deliver within the professional game, grassroots game and further education. The geographical similarities with the North region also proved very useful in terms of comparisons.
The visit began on 7th October 2015 and allowed the group a week in Aalborg with the focus outcomes of the educational visit listed below:
Learn more about the National FA and the Regional role in developing the game at a grassroots level.
- Visit a Grassroots Community clubs – learn about structure and ethos including info on finance and funding, volunteers, links from youth to adult game and player pathway and development.
- Visit a Senior Professional clubs to learn about structure and ethos including information on finance and funding, volunteers and player pathway and development. This will also allow us to learn how the pro and grassroots game co-exist.
- Info on Sport/Football in schools, colleges and community facilities.
- Regional & Community facilities visits at both a club and regional centre of excellence
- Meet Key stakeholders throughout the trip.
- Develop relationships across the spectrum of excellent people who are employed, volunteers and Local experts within the organisations we visit.
The time spent accessing people, structures and activity designed and delivered by the DBU, Aalborg Feja, AAB, Elitesport Alborg and the local municipality and the contributions from all, including the interactions with the group proved to be enlightening, educational and thought provoking.
Feedback from the North contingent was very positive with volunteers and professional attendees alike were keen to effect positive change within their own sphere of influence and ongoing conversations remain with the host partner organisation and those key to making trip so worthwhile.
In conclusion the support provided by Erasmus+ had a hugely positive effect on those in attendance and ultimately the memberships they are responsible for.