A number of visitors from across Europe saw the charity's work first hand.
A delegation of people from football employment projects from across Europe, visited the American Express Community Stadium last week to see some of Albion in the Community’s (AITC) work up close.
Representatives from Street Football World, Sport dans la Ville (France), Rheinflanke (Germany), Sport 4 Life, Red Deporte y Cooperación (Spain), CAIS (Portugal), Oltalom (Hungary) and SARI (Ireland) attended the week-long summit.
The conference, which included a range of workshops, was part of working group of football projects which meet regularly to share best-practice tips on how to use football to help improve people’s employment prospects – and followed a similar meeting in Lyon, France, earlier in the season.
As well as workshops at the stadium, the group attended a range of sessions run by AITC, including a tournament in Preston Park for participants from the charity’s Albion Goals programme.
Albion Goals sees AITC provide free weekly football sessions to Job Centre claimants which are combined with life skills workshops and job skills sessions to boost their chances of finding work.
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The European visitors also met with some of AITC’s scholars who are currently studying on the charity’s BTEC courses, which combine academic study with football coaching and competitive matches.
And they also found time to attend the first day of a free, two-day job skills workshop being held by AITC at the stadium.
According to Catherine Daraspe, who works for Street Football World and is based in Berlin, the delegates were very impressed by what they saw. She said, “It has been good to visit Brighton and see some of the work being done by AITC. We have been really impressed by just how much it does. It has been a great learning opportunity.”