Changing the Chants

Combating antisemitism in football through

non-formal education and law enforcement in Europe

Changing the Chants is a two-year project, supported by the European Union’s Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme. It consists of an innovative and international cooperation between Borussia Dortmund, Feyenoord Rotterdam, Fare Network and the Anne Frank House. The goal is to deepen the understanding of approaches that football clubs can use to educate fans on antisemitic behaviour in the football stands. Changing the Chants builds upon two separate educational programmes for football fans, run by Borussia Dortmund and Feyenoord. These educational initiatives, although not similar, are exchanged and analysed, and new approaches are piloted, paving the way for practices in which restorative justice is applied.

This project fosters to open a space for shared learning, transnational and cross-context piloting of these approaches. A group of European contributors, stakeholders from various backgrounds with a high level of expertise, contribute to this process and assist the partner organisations.This team seeks to find and analyse more similar approaches across Europe and publish them in a compendium of good practices. Furthermore, the insights of the piloting, exchanging and compendium help to create practical and transferable guidelines and recommendations for football communities, and football clubs in particular all over Europe and beyond. Both these outputs will be disseminated through a series of multiplier events across Europe and a final conference in 2021. Football communities seeking to combat antisemitism through non-formal education will thus be able to develop their own meaningful programmes and to prevent and respond to manifestations of antisemitic hate-speech. A dedicated website will stimulate cross-border exchange and cooperation.

Anne Frank House

The Anne Frank House is an independent educational institution that brings the life story and the work of Anne Frank to the attention of as many people as possible worldwide, partly with the aim of raising awareness of the dangers of antisemitism, racism and discrimination. The football world, as a mirror of the general society, faces problems with racism, discrimination and antisemitism on a regular basis. Dealing with these phenomena is challenging for all parties involved. The Anne Frank House strongly believes that educational approaches play a vital part in facing these challenges in the football context, as is regularly underlined by institutions as UEFA and FIFA. By cooperating in this project with renowned football clubs as Borussia Dortmund and Feyenoord, with the help of the valued antidiscrimination body Fare Network, the Anne Frank House hopes to contribute to football's fight for an #Equal Game.

Website: https://www.annefrank.org/en/

Borussia Dortmund

“Borussia verbindet Generationen, Männer und Frauen, alle Nationen”, all generations, men and women, and all nationalities are united by Borussia, as one of the supporters’ chants goes. It reflects the defining values of Borussia Dortmund: openness and tolerance. BVB are a big family, and everyone is welcome.

More than seven years ago, BVB decided to work against right-wing extremism and discrimination in a long- term and in-depth manner. Our aim was to create a positive network, together with many committed supporters from the community. Commemorative projects and historical-political educational initiatives have since become an integral part of Borussia Dortmund's anti-discrimination measures.

Against this backdrop, our remembrance projects and our work against antisemitism are the cornerstones in the fight against all forms of discrimination. We consider it our duty to use the positive energy BVB engender to learn from the past alongside our fans, partners and sponsors, and to shape the present and the future together.

Borussia verbindet! United in remembrance. United against antisemitism.

Website: https://www.bvb.de/eng

Fare network

The Fare network is a European NGO representing organisations that tackle discrimination in football and use football as a vehicle to foster social inclusion and promote diversity. United by the commitment to bring about positive social change, the strength of Fare springs from its diverse membership which comprises over 125 NGOs, youth organisations, human rights organisations, ethnic minority groups, supporters’ groups, amateur and professional football clubs, national football associations in 38 countries. Fare is a social responsibility partner of UEFA.

Fare acts as platform for its members to connect and address cross-border issues in the field of anti-discrimination, social inclusion, integration, diversity, LGBTIQ+ inclusion, and gender equality across all levels of football.

Fare’s commitment and main objective to tackle discrimination and promote social inclusion through football’s inclusive power is based on the principle that football, as the most popular sport in the world, belongs to everyone and can be used as a tool to further social cohesion by bridging differences and strengthening common aspirations and values. Football should be the right of every person to play, watch and discuss it freely.

Website: https://www.farenet.org/

Feyenoord

“Feyenoord is voor iedereen”, Feyenoord is for everybody, is a slogan that means a lot for Feyenoord. Everyone should feel welcome to come watch and experience our matches both home and away.
Feyenoord was the first Dutch football club to start with an educative approach in 2015 in order to fight football related antisemitism in the stands together with the Anne Frank House and anti-discrimination organization Radar. This approach is first aimed at supporters who have received a stadium ban.
Together with a Fancoach these supporters are taken on a trip throughout Rotterdam to visit places that have a strong link with Feyenoord and the Second World War. They get to meet with Jewish Feyenoord fans who tell them their personal stories. At the end of the day we hope to see a change in behavior and mindset for these supporters.
In 2020 a group of 25 Feyenoord supporters visited Auschwitz during a five-day educational trip. We hope that this is something we will be able to organize annually in the future.

See also: https://www.feyenoord.nl/nieuws/nieuwsoverzicht/docu-feyenoord-is-voor-iedereen-vrijdag-in-premire

Website: https://www.feyenoord.com/