More than Football Award powered by Musco Lighting

More than Football Award powered by Musco Lighting

The goal of the More than Football Award is to honour the best social initiatives in Europe delivered by a European club, league or FA by celebrating the work they do on and off-pitch on a local, national and international levels. The winner receives not only recognition for having implemented the most innovative and impactful Community and Social Responsibility programme in European football, but also wins a complete branded Mini-Pitch System modular sports solution which will be developed in partnership between the winning organisation, EFDN and sponsor Musco Lighting.

Criteria for the More than Football Award:

  • The project needs to be promoted by the club, league or FA during the More than Football Action Weeks.
  • The project needs to be delivered by the club, league or FA and cannot be an external initiative that is supported by the club, league or FA.
  • The project must have a proven positive impact in the community.
  • The project can be replicated by different sized clubs, leagues and FAs in Europe.
  • To apply you need to be an EFDN member

Award scheme 2022

21.03.2022 – Start of the application period 

30.04.2022 – End of the application period

09.-11.05.2022 – Announcement of the More than Football Award longlist during 17th EFDN Conference in Liverpool (10 organisations)

14-16.11.2022 – More than Football Award ceremony during 18th EFDN Conference in Budapest, Hungary 

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More than Football Award 2021

Big Hearts Community Trust, the foundation of Heart of Midlothianwon the More than Football Award 2021 powered by Musco Lighting for The Big Hearts Supporters’ Movement’. Heart of Midlothain became the third European football club to win the award, after Club Brugge won the second one at the 16th EFDN Conference in Breda in November 2021 for ‘The Bear and his Scarf’ and the Shakhtar Donetsk Social Foundation who won the first at the 13th EFDN Conference in Barcelona in November 2019 for their “Come On, Let’s Play” project.

EFDN members chose the winner during the 16th EFDN ‘#Morethanfootball’ Conference, the largest gathering of CSR-experts in European football. The goal of the More than Football Award is to honour the best social initiatives in Europe delivered by a European Club, League or FA.

Big Hearts Supporters are a leading light in Scottish football and remain at the centre of everything that Big Hearts does. On average every year, they contribute to more than 4,000 hours of meaningful support changing the lives of hundreds of vulnerable adults and children. In 2020 amidst the pandemic, over 145 brand-new Big Hearts Supporters stepped up to volunteer with us. In the first six months of lockdown, our charity had supported 8,000 vulnerable people – three times more than in the previous 12 months. The determination and kindness from Hearts fans enabled them to create new initiatives, where volunteers could get involved safely whilst providing vital support to groups most at risk of Covid-19.

  • 2,000+ welfare phone calls to older people isolated in their homes. One of the volunteers involved was the Head coach of the Heart of Midlothian Women’s Team.
  • 138,000+ packed meals prepared for homeless groups in Edinburgh.
  • 4,100+ printed reminiscence parcels for fans living with dementia.A new team of Gazette contributors was set up to write inspiringstories and recollections from good old days.
  • 1,200+ tailored presents donated and distributed for Christmas.
  • 400+ hours of peer support to fans via video chats. 5 of the most popular Hearts’ podcasts decided to open Zoom calls to fans for a chance to speak together twice a week during lockdown.

Shortlisted Projects 2021

Three other projects had been shortlisted for the Award before the EFDN Conference began. Along with Heart of Midlothian, FC Twente, PFC Ludogorets and FC Barcelona Foundation were selected for the shortlist of the More than Football Award 2021.

The applicants selected for the shortlist were invited to make a 15-minute presentation of their project at the 15th EFDN Conference in Breda.