CCPA and the Popularisation of Women’s Football in the Balkans

12. oktober 2016
“At that time in Bosnia, women’s football was almost non-existent. The men were always given the priority to play on the pitches that hadn’t been ruined during the war, and the last thing girls’ parents were thinking was to let their daughters go and play football.”

he Cross Cultures Project Association (CCPA) was set up in the aftermath of the conflict in ex-Yugoslavian states to promote peace and reconciliation through football.

Although not initially a focus from the outset, the implementation of the project across the Balkans has played a significant role in the empowerment of women in the region and has led to a surge in the number of female footballers.

Having worked for the UN during the conflict between ex-Yugoslavian states, Anders Levinson knew there was still work to be done after the United Nations Security Council resolution had been agreed.

The inter-ethnic tensions would still provide a very real and unpleasant undertone to the daily lives of the region's people, and Anders was determined to contribute to the preservation of peace in whatever way he could.Leaning on the experiences and contacts he had made earlier in life as a professional footballer in Denmark, Anders set about establishing the CCPA, a non-governmental organisation that would use football as a tool for peace and reconciliation in Sarajevo.

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