Bakuva Project

Since 2013, the Athletic Club Foundation has had an agreement with the Bakuva Association to run a football school, with the aim of helping children at risk of social exclusion in the area around Bilbao la Vieja (Old Bilbao) to achieve full social integration.


In this process, which the Bakuva Association carries out through the pedagogical monitoring of children, giving advice to families, study rooms, new technologies and playing sports, the Athletic Foundation has been involved in creating teams where playing football is an excuse to work on values such as discipline, the ability to work in a team, self-confidence, pride in belonging to a group, etc.

The Bakuva Project currently has three teams (under-10s, under-12s and under-14s) that compete in school competitions. The teams train twice a week at facilities provided by Bilbao Kirolak, run by volunteer coaches from Athletic Club, and they play their home matches at the sports facilities in Lezama. More than 200 children have benefited from the project since it came into operation.

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  • Promotes the social integration of young people and children.
  • Empowers people to escape the cycle of poverty.
  • Provides social, personal and educational skills for future integration into society and the workplace.
  • Promotes physical activity and healthy habits.
  • Prevents diseases and unhealthy behaviour.
  • Improves interpersonal relationships.
  • Increases self-esteem, self-confidence, empowerment and independence.
  • Improves emotional stability, concentration, handling frustration and taking responsibility.
  • Promotes self-improvement, motivation and resilience.
  • Instils educational values such as respect, cooperation, solidarity, tolerance, equality, responsibility, commitment, etc.
  • Provides opportunities for quality education.
  • Prevents truancy and improves academic performance.
  • Makes it possible for people who are vulnerable to social exclusion to acquire the necessary skills (educational, technical and vocational competences) to access employment, decent work and entrepreneurship.
  • Ensures that there are equal conditions for personal development, social integration and productive employment.
  • Ensures the equal right to sport and participatory leisure.
  • Promotes the participation of all groups in society.
  • Combats violence and discrimination against children and young people.
  • Promotes social inclusion, equality, tolerance and teamwork.
  • Provides opportunities and tools for people at risk of social exclusion.
  • Raises awareness of the need for equal social integration and the importance of building peaceful, fair societies.