JENNY DAMGAARD, CLUB MANAGER , FC ROSENGÅRD
“Football becomes a tool that helps you learn to fight for the thing’s you’re passionate about”
The ambition at FC Rosengård is to create an equal Malmö where all districts and people are included. Where all children and families dare to dream and have goals for the future – both on and off the pitch. The association includes women’s teams (with an A team in Damallsvenskan), men’s teams, futsal activities and more than 700 boys and girls who are active in youth football.
FC ROSENGÅRD MAKES PEOPLE THINK AND DREAM BIG
At FC Rosengård, both football and a socially sustainable society is worth investing in. The club is aiming to give everyone the opportunity to believe in their dreams through a range of activities both on and off the pitch. And these efforts are paying off – twelve Swedish championship gold medals and over 3,000 self-sufficient young people bear witness to that.
FC Rosengård has had a major impact on both football and Malmö ever since it was founded. Today, FC Rosengård’s sporting activities are extensive and include the women’s A and B teams, a men’s team, futsal activities and more than 700 active boys and girls who train regularly at Malmö IP and Rosengårds IP.
Year after year, FC Rosengård continues to demonstrate how football brings people together and helps them to achieve success. The women’s A team won Damallsvenskan in 2021 and has a total of twelve Damallsvenskan titles, has won Svenska Cupen five times and Supercupen four times as well. This is a very ambitious affiliation, and its objective is to give every player the opportunity to develop.
“We have a strong winning culture at FC Rosengård – that’s no secret. But that said, we know that you can only achieve success by making mistakes and learning from them. We use football as a tool to teach our boys and girls to fight for the things they’re passionate about, and not let setbacks in life stop them.”
STRONG COMMITMENT OFF THE PITCH AS WELL
The club’s efforts to bring about a sustainable society are just as much a part of its DNA as winning matches. FC Rosengård is involved in social outreach activities on a local level as well as abroad, and they tackle challenges efficiently and reliably.
The very first social outreach activity began back in 2008 and is called Football for Life. This is a community project in South Africa where football is used to encourage young girls to become independent and dare to break patriarchal social structures. Football for Life is now available in Sweden as well.
“Football for Life was the start of our efforts to develop other successful activities as well. We now run Hattrick by FC Rosengård, a knowledge project that aims to inspire teenage girls to go on playing football and helping them to learn more about important topics such as LGBTQIA+ inclusion, mental health, menstruation and nutrition. Boost by FC Rosengård, which has been working for eleven years to get young people into self-sufficient work or study, is another successful programme. A total of 3,150 young people have become self-sufficient, which proves that persistence and the determination to make a difference do pay off.”
FOCUS ON MENTAL HEALTH IN YOUNG PEOPLE
FC Rosengård also works in partnership with a number of different organisations. The club became the primary partner of World Pride in 2021 and arranged both internal and external training courses on LGBTQIA+ issues. FC Rosengård and Tim Bergling Foundation will be working together this year on matters linked with mental health among young people.
“We’re really proud of all our partnerships. More young people will be given the opportunity to discuss significant and serious topics thanks to our partnership with Tim Bergling Foundation. And we’re really grateful to our partners for making it possible for us to pursue these important issues and activities. We hope that Mellby Gård and everyone else who has chosen to work with us feels as much pride as we do.”