Matilda Ottelid: “Sports clubs constitute fantastic scenes for bringing change to society”

Matilda Ottelid, the new External Relations Manager of Eos Cares’ “Vinnova Project”, is introducing herself by talking about her mission, the timeliness of working with integration and inclusion and the role that sports clubs can play in today’s society.

How did you learn about the position and what drove you to apply for it?

I saw the ad online and though it would be really exciting. I have a Master’s in Public Health and I think this is a great arena for working with health equity. It is obvious that in a basketball club you work with physical health, but Eos Cares also works with what we call “social determinants of health”, meaning the conditions in which people live, work, their income, social network and so on… Eos Cares targets for example the income inequality, by organizing activities for free and welcoming people that possibly couldn’t afford it otherwise. On top of that, the position in itself sounded interesting, since it’s a good mix of strategic work and planning, and also being out there, learning more and talking to people.

Have you worked with integration projects before?

Yes, integration is a big interest of mine. I used to be a teacher before I changed my occupational orientation, but during the past couple of years I’ve worked in several projects related to integration. For example, I have worked in a project where women learned how to bike. It was really fun, since there were only positive feelings around and everyone was so happy to learn something new. It was so empowering for the women participating and for me as well. Then I worked in a project for integration through cultivation which was also very meaningful and fulfilling. I always wanted to contribute somehow to society and these kinds of projects are good ways to achieving it.

What does the position of External Relations Manager entail?

I am employed in the “Vinnova Project”. My main tasks are to scale up the already existing methods and activities of Eos Cares by spreading the ideas, finding new partners and making the whole project economically sustainable over time. I find the tasks very stimulating so far! Everything is connected in a way, so if we find the right partners to work with, this can open up new opportunities and facilitate what we aim to achieve.