Genoa (Italy), 27 October 2011 – The partners of the Goal project on violence in sports went to Genoa (Italy) for a field visit on October 25 and 26, 2011. Genoa is one of the partners of this project and has a valuable experience in this field since it hosts the oldest football arena of Italy, the Ferraris stadium.
Built in 1901, the Ferraris stadium is situated in the centre of the city, close to the jail and surrounded by residential buildings. It is host to two major football teams, the Genoa CFC, the oldest club of Italy, and the UC Sampdoria. It also hosts other sport events such as rugby matches, as well as concerts. The stadium has an important influence on the life of Genoese, particularly in the neighbourhoods surrounding it.
Genoa presented to the Goal project partners how it manages large events that take place in the stadium, in terms of logistics and partnerships. It also presented three initiatives aimed at educating youngsters against violence in and around sports arenas: the Genoa Club for Children, aimed at very young “tifosi”, the Fair Play Village, which organises parties and games for kids when there are matches, and the Genoa Values Cup, a tournament for schools.
Goal is the second Efus-led project in which Genoa participates, after the “Citizens, cities and video surveillance” project, concluded in 2010. Francesco Scidone, deputy-Mayor in charge of urban security, said, “This new project of Efus allows us to expand our work on prevention by meeting new stakeholders, and to apply in our city some of the working methods of Efus and its partners.”
Partners of the Goal project are the cities of Charleroi (Belgium), Genoa (Italy), Liège (Belgium), Lille (France), Mannheim (Germany), Solna (Sweden), as well as Eurofan association. Two experts are also part of this project, Radim Burès, former President of the Standing Committee of the European Convention on Spectator Violence, and Manuel Comeron, Coordinator of the Eurofan network.
Power Point Presentations (available in Italien or English):
–Stadio Luigi Ferraris
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