• 24-NOV-2017

  • SOURCE: UEFA

New Projects Funded by the UEFA Foundation for Children

New Projects Funded by the UEFA Foundation for Children

Additional funds allocated to 28 projects in support of vulnerable children around the world.

The UEFA Foundation for Children's board of trustees, led by its new chairman, Aleksander Čeferin, met at the House of European Football in Nyon on 22 November, when they were invited to approve a host of new projects shortlisted following the 2017 call for projects held in August and September this year.

A great many project applications were received. In order to narrow down the selection, a working group of trustees was established to draw up a shortlist that took into account budgetary forecasts and the foundation's ethics code. On the basis of this shortlist, the board has approved 28 projects, half of which are in Europe.

The new European programmes supported by the UEFA Foundation for Children use sport, and football in particular, to give the most vulnerable a chance to participate in physical activity, which is vital for their healthy physical and psychological development. They convey a wide range of societal values in a way that is relevant to children. Topics such as well-being, self-esteem, tolerance, inclusion of minorities, conflict resolution, learning to live together, education and employability are addressed alongside active training sessions. Four of the new European projects relate to the social integration of child refugees in host communities.

The 14 projects outside Europe give the UEFA Foundation for Children a presence on all continents. These programmes aim to protect children and young adults who are victims of social, economic, political or armed conflicts. In crisis-hit countries, the principles enshrined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child often fall by the wayside. Through sport and games, a fun, educational approach can be adopted to address social issues such as early marriage, birth control, the importance of school, health, hygiene and well-being.

Nathalie Iannetta, one of the trustees who was part of the working group that shortlisted the projects, said: "All we ever hear about football concerns the big competitions, the transfers and the scandals. At the UEFA Foundation for Children, however, we can see on a daily basis how our sport is a powerful driver of social change. The projects that were sent to us from all over the world are proof that, thanks to football, it is possible to support the social integration of refugees, the empowerment of girls, the faster, more sustainable inclusion of disabled people, and so on. The wide variety of projects that we received is a hallmark of the extraordinary richness and generosity inherent in each of us."

List of new partners and their projects:

Action for Development, Afghanistan

School for Street Children

Association of Football Federations of Azerbaijan, Karabakh

Brave Hearts

Baan Dek Foundation, Thailand

Football4Good

Football United, Myanmar

Football United Myanmar

Fotbal Pro Rozvoj, Czech Republic

Football for development in Czech Republic

Foundation of Polish Soccer, Poland

Football Film Festival

Fundación Red Deporte y Cooperacíon, Spain

Football With No Limits

Game International, Kosovo

Game Kosova

Johan Cruyff Foundation, Aruba, Caribbean

Cruyff Courts in the Dutch Caribbean

Kick It Out, United Kingdom

Diversity in Football Leadership Pathway

Light For The World International, Bolivia

Inclusion of children & Youth with disabilities

National Children's Football Alliance, Belgium

Global Peace Game

Oceania Football Confederation, Oceania

Just Play

Oltalom Sport Association, Hungary

Football for Respect!

Orama Neon Youthorama, Thessaloniki, Greece

A ball for all children, a goal for inclusion

Paris Saint-Germain Foundation, France

Allez les Filles!

PluSport, Switzerland

Goal Plus

Royal Europa 90 Kraainem Football Club, Belgium

We welcome young refugees

Ruud Van Nistelrooy Foundation, Netherlands

Talent group

SALT Academy, Cambodia

Football For Development after-school programme

Soccer in the Streets, Atlanta, United States

Refugee Life Skills and Employment Training Soccer Program Atlanta

Sport dans la Ville, France

Job dans la Ville

Streetfootballworld, Jordan and Lebanon

Empowering refugee and marginalised children

Terre des Hommes, Egypt

Protection and social inclusion

Tiempo de Juego Foundation, Columbia

Creciendo con el Balón/ Fútbol for Growth

Triangle Génération Humanitaire (TGH), Central African Republic and Republic of the Congo

Improving the protection, education and reintegration of street children in Bangui and Brazzaville

UEFA Foundation for Children, Jordane

Football at the Zaatari refugee camp

UNIS VERS le SPORT, Senegal

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