Integration of girls by football

  • Kicking Girls: social integration of girls through football
  • 70% of participants have a history of migration
  • The project is based on different building blocks

The fact that football is more than just a sport was highlighted again at the FIFA Awards Ceremony this year. The love of football can strengthen the mother-son relationship, overcome obstacles, create links and contribute to integration.

For example, former professional player Tugba Tekkal launched the "Scoring Girls" integration project in 2006, focusing on team sports, a break with the everyday, a team spirit and a sense of community.

Kicking Girls also turn to girls with or without immigration. The goal is to facilitate their integration through football. Kicking the girls give them the opportunity to participate in football task groups and tournaments at school, as well as to train as a trainer assistant.

"It's a great project because girls are trained by female coaches and are able to play in their familiar environment, especially at school, which reduces their ability to participate in training, especially for girls from Career said that no matter the football field, its skin color, its country of origin or its religion.The spirit of the team account, "said lor former international goalkeeper Jens Lehmann, boss of the Kicking the girls on the project site.

How it all began

The MICK – Kicking Girls initiative was launched more than ten years ago in Oldenburg primary schools and quickly met with great success. The sport boosted the self-esteem of participating girls, which schools also benefited from, thanks to the partial improvement of school results. Thanks to the more than positive results, the concept has spread throughout Germany and has also been approved by the international community. A success story from which Kicking the girls emerged.

Four-step program for successful integration

The following leitmotivs led the project: integration, recognition, participation and empowerment. With the help of a four-level program, these should be implemented.

Level 1

  • Football aims to create a lasting interest in sport and to encourage participation in girls' football clubs and tournaments in schools. The fact that girls play football is still not obvious and, in many countries, is not normal. Training reserved for girls can earn the trust of parents whose support is essential and gradually introduce girls to football.

2nd step

  • Sport at school is the first step in club sport. He is performance oriented and regularly trained. Values ​​such as discipline, team spirit, ambition but also belief in oneself can be conveyed by the integrating power of football.

Step 3

  • Participation in workgroups and extracurricular activities, such as club sports, should help and encourage them to undertake tasks themselves, such as looking after young children. A caregiver is very important for all girls, and especially for those who are of immigrant origin.

Level 4

  • Responsible action also increases confidence in one's own abilities. The next step is to take over the AGs in the schools and senior positions in the clubs. Through volunteering, participating girls become role models themselves, creating new opportunities and sustainable structures.