Our mission is to use the universal language of football to promote health and social inclusion for displaced people. We have chosen to use football as a tool to address health issues, both mental and physical, while promoting integration and community-building.
Working with displaced people, it doesn't take long to notice that the boredom and immobility that come with waiting for an asylum application make an already difficult situation even harder. Once busy people are left to their own devices in camps or accommodation centres, with hours and hours in every day, and very little to do to pass the time.
This is why we have chosen to use football as a tool to address health issues, both mental and physical, while promoting integration and community-building.
Through Aniko FC, we provide an outlet for people to come together, to get active, learn new skills and become part of a team. The benefits of connecting people through sport are multiple; it promotes bonding and social inclusion, teamwork, discipline, stress and trauma relief and trust-building.
We provide regular football training sessions and community event days in the Thessaloniki area of mainland Greece, for people of all ages, genders and abilities. In doing so we aim to develop a bridge with local communities, provide a level of psychosocial support for displaced people and reintroduce physical activity.
The first four months of our project in the latter part of 2017 saw us grow exponentially, developing partnerships with Terre des Hommes and the Norwegian Refugee Council.
Moving forward, we aim to expand the projects that we offer to connect football fans both on and off the pitch.
Please view the About Aniko PDF under Files, for more information on what we do.