The year which brought us the 2018 World Cup is drawing to a close. Despite the national team's disappointing performance, the World Cup was still a big deal in Germany. Especially for the Planerladen charitable association’s youth and children’s meet-up (''JuKi''). The BVB foundation ''leuchte auf'' financed a football project for the children who are helped by ''Juki''.
The catchment area for Planerladen is largely centred on North Dortmund. Their social workers provide assistance to disadvantaged groups in this area. One such example of this comes in the form of a scheme which provides supervision for children from ages 6-13. This scheme cares for over 50 children every day. From May to October 2018, these children benefited from a special football-oriented project. This project was designed in such a way as to make sure that ''football'' didn't just mean training sessions out on the pitch. The ''JuKi'' took care to provide a creative element to proceedings, which meant that a whole range of children could find inspiration in the project, not just those who wanted to kick a ball around. No matter what was on offer, the spirit of fair play and togetherness always stood at the core.
In addition to football training, the children were able to design their own t-shirts, create football-themed decorations and bake together. All the children were delighted to go on excursions together, with an obligatory trip to the stadium naturally forming part of the itinerary.
This months-long project assisted the social workers of the youth association in their educational objective of developing the children's social competences and improving their self-confidence.
''leuchte auf'' made the 6 month ''JuKi'' project possible (including social competence training for all participants) with a donation of €5,200.
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