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UEFA Foundation for Children wins 2015 Peace and Sport Awards

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The UEFA Foundation for Children won the prize of Foundation of the Year at the 2015 Peace and Sport Awards, which took place in Monte-Carlo on Thursday night. In activity only since April of 2015, the UEFA Foundation for Children has already supported a variety of projects around the world and was recognised for the impact it has made improving the living conditions of disadvantaged children. This year, The UEFA Foundation for Children has worked diligently to protect the rights of children at the Za’atari Refugee Camp in Jordan, bringing joy and unity through sport and football for boys and girls alike. Another highlight for the Foundation in 2015 was hosting 1,000 disadvantaged children at the UEFA Super Cup Final in Tbilisi, Georgia. The children took part in the pre-match opening ceremony with star players from FC Barcelona and Sevilla FC, promoting peace and understanding. The Chairman of the UEFA…

International solidarity tournament for young people during UEFA EURO 2016

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The international streetfootballworld Festival 16 has been launched in Lyon – and next July’s event celebrates UEFA EURO 2016 with an international tournament backed by the UEFA Foundation for Children. The international streetfootballworld Festival 16 has been launched in Lyon at a ceremony hosted by the Sport dans la Ville association. The festival, which will take place in July 2016, will bring together 500 children and young people in celebration of UEFA EURO 2016. The highlight will be an international solidarity tournament, supported by the UEFA Foundation for Children. It will be their own UEFA EURO 2016 – a far-reaching event sponsored by Sport dans la Ville in Lyon, with children and young people from all over Europe and beyond comingtogether from 30 June to 7 July 2016. Sport dans la Ville is an association that was created in 1998 and has received backing from numerous partners, including the UEFA foundation.…

The UEFA Foundation for Children supports Universal Children’s Day

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The UEFA Foundation for Children is committed to improving the lives of children who are most in need by promoting universal and fundamental values such as human dignity, solidarity and hope. That commitment links the foundation closely to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which was adopted by the United Nations on 20 November 1989. The convention comprises 54 articles ratified by the vast majority of the UN’s member states (191 out of 193). It is based on the principle that children are vulnerable beings and are individuals who have the right to be cared for, protected and educated, no matter where in the world they are born, and that children must also have the right to play, to learn and to express themselves. The convention is of crucial importance, but has sadly not been enough to make children’s rights a reality. War or extreme poverty, but also…

Media Release 03 – UEFA Foundation board supports eight new projects

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The UEFA Foundation for Children strengthens its commitment to defending the rights of vulnerable children worldwide The UEFA Foundation for Children’s decision-making body, the board of trustees chaired by former European Commission president José Manuel Durão Barroso, held its latest meeting yesterday at the Foundation’s headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland. The meeting agenda included a review of all current ongoing projects, followed by the ratification of new initiatives to be added to the Foundation’s portfolio in the coming months. The amount of €1.1m will be invested in new projects to be implemented on three continents over a period of several years. Selected initiatives meet the following criteria: correspondence with the Foundation’s statutes; credibility of the partner organisations; presentation of a viable budget with local partners; and viability of the activities. The meeting saw the Foundation commit financial support to eight new projects: Establishment of a media library for street children in…

Children’s lives at the Za’atari camp

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Nearly 80,000 Syrian refugees – 57 percent of whom are children – live at the Za’atari camp, which is located in the Jordanian desert. The UEFA Foundation for Children, in collaboration with UNHCR and the Asian Football Development Project, is helping children and young people through sports activities, in particular football, to allow them to play and remain children in a situation of war. This exhibition draws a parallel between three different aspects of children’s lives at the Za’atari camp. Children at the camp have had the opportunity to show, through their eyes, how life goes on despite the particular context in which they are living. In partnership with a local NGO, these youngsters have benefited from training as photographers, and the UEFA foundation provided cameras to allow them to realise their own exhibition and promote it beyond the borders of the Za’atari camp. The aspiring photographers were very motivated…

Euro Foot Jeunes launched

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Supported by the UEFA Foundation for Children, Euro Foot Jeunes was launched on 1 October by the UNSS, the ISF, EURO 2016 SAS and the FFF. Supported by the UEFA Foundation for Children, Euro Foot Jeunes was launched on 1 October by the national union of school sport (UNSS), the International School Sport Federation (ISF), EURO 2016 SAS and the French Football Federation (FFF). The foundation was established on the initiative of UEFA and the UEFA President, Michel Platini, and emphasises UEFA’s desire to play a more active role in society. For many years UEFA has supported various children’s initiatives and programmes. This support has led the foundation to work with several partners to develop projects both inside and outside Europe. Euro Foot Jeunes is one such project. From 29 May to 5 June, just before UEFA EURO 2016 officially begins, the cities of Lens and Lille will host the boys’ and…

Watch the UEFA Super Cup opening ceremony!

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Football United for Peace was the theme of the opening ceremony of the 2015 UEFA Super Cup, which took place at Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena in Tbilisi on 11 August. The match was between FC Barcelona, winners of the UEFA Champions League, and Sevilla FC, winners of the UEFA Europa League. This special pre-match ceremony was planned with the help of the UEFA Foundation for Children and in collaboration with the Georgian Football Federation. The ceremony started with Georgian folk dancing accompanied by young drummers, while 1,000 disadvantaged children and accompanying adults from Georgia and eight neighbouring countries took their places around the pitch. They then joined the players and the match officials in forming a human chain. The grand finale was led by four talented young Georgians, who sang John Lennon’s Imagine to promote the message of peace. The UEFA Foundation for Children would like to thank the Georgian…

Football united for peace

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A pre-match ceremony involving 1,000 children and accompanying adults will illustrate football’s power to bring people together Children from Georgia and neighbouring countries will spread messages of peace at the 2015 UEFA Super Cup in Tbilisi, thanks to a shared initiative between the Georgian Football Federation (GFF) and the UEFA Foundation for Children. Nearly 1,000 disadvantaged children from Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine have been invited to the event, all with support from their national football associations. The children will participate in the pre-match ceremony, which is inspired by the theme ‘football united for peace’. The ceremony will be based around a human chain made up of the children and accompanying adults, the players – From FC Barcelona and Sevilla FC – and the referee team, symbolising how football can bring people together. “As well as learning about elite football from the match, everyone will…

Media Release 02 – Football United for Peace

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A human chain created by 1,000 children, together with the players and the referee team, to promote peace and unity The UEFA Super Cup match between FC Barcelona and Sevilla FC, which will take place in Tbilisi, Georgia, on Tuesday 11 August, will feature a historic moment in the world of football. For the first time, the opening ceremony will include a human chain: a symbolic act involving the players, the referee team and 1,000 disadvantaged children and accompanying adults from Georgia and eight neighbouring countries. The aim of this shared initiative by the Georgian Football Federation (GFF) and the UEFA Foundation for Children is to spread a powerful message: ‘Football United for Peace’. Tbilisi is the easternmost European city to host the UEFA Super Cup since 2012, when the match left Monaco, where it had been played since 1998. Other cities can now host this encounter between the previous…

Experience of a lifetime for 100 youngsters in Prague

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Thanks to the UEFA Foundation for Children and the Football Association of the Czech Republic (FAČR), 100 young people in precarious situations in the Prague region attended the UEFA European Under-21 Championship final between Sweden and Portugal at the Eden Stadium in the Czech capital. Two local groups received 50 tickets each for the showpiece occasion. One group was the Children’s Home association, which helps children and adolescents who are marginalised or in difficult social situations, as well as orphans, homeless youngsters and children from the Roma minority. “The Under-21 final is a very important event,” said Martin Lněnička from the Children’s Home, “and we were very surprised, happy and excited to be part of it. We all realised that it was a huge honour for us to share in football’s fever. We really appreciated this opportunity.” “Children in our house live almost the same lives as other youngsters –…

World Refugee day for youngsters at the Za’atari camp

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To celebrate World Refugee Day on 20 June, a friendly football event took place involving Jordan’s national Under-15 team and a team from the Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan. The event was staged at the Al-Hassan football stadium situated a few kilometres from the camp, and followed a football tournament organised at the Za’atari camp from 11 to 15 June. The activities were organised by the UEFA Foundation for Children, the Asian Football Development Project (AFDP), the UNHCR and the Jordan Football Association (JFA). The event brought together 25 Jordanian adolescents and 23 Syrian counterparts. The activities were aimed at nurturing interaction and dialogue between young Syrians and Jordanians through football, and promoting, among others, the role of sport and recreational activities in responding to young people’s psychosocial needs. The event and its message fitted perfectly with the message being promoted by the UNHCR this year – Standing Together. This…

The Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan is staging a football tournament from 11-15 June to mark the forthcoming World Refugee Day on 20 June

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The Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan is staging a football tournament from 11-15 June to mark the forthcoming World Refugee Day on 20 June. The tournament is being organised by the UEFA Foundation for Children, the Asian Football Development Project (AFDP) and the UNHCR. The tournament will feature Under-15 male and female teams from the 12 districts of the camp, and the finals will take place on 15 June before the start of Ramadan. On 20 June, the winning male team will take part in a match together with the Jordanian Under-15 male team. The match will take place at Al Sareeh. Youngsters are being given the opportunity to engage in fun and competitive recreational activities, and the tournament aims to promote interaction and dialogue between young Syrians and Jordanians through football. In addition, tournaments such as this promote, among others, the role of sport and recreational activities in responding…

Ten young people going through a difficult time had their dream come true as they attend the UEFA Champions League final

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The UEFA Foundation for Children was pleased to invite eight children and four accompanying adults from the Air pur & soleil organisation to the great annual celebration of football that is the UEFA Champions League final. Air pur & soleil (Fresh Air & Sun) is a children’s organisation based in Haute-Savoie that provides breaks for children who are going through a very difficult time in their lives. They are generally experiencing family breakdown or have dropped out of school or other institutions. The organisation enables them to get away from their usual surroundings for a while by giving them a calming environment and a break between a problematic past and perhaps a fresh start. Two other young people, who are supported by the Swiss-based Étoile filante (Shooting Star) foundation, could also have their dream come true as they too attend the UEFA Champions League final. The foundation’s primary aim is…

Football gives vulnerable children a boost

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Children in Poland got to experience the inspirational power of football at the UEFA Europa League final in Warsaw as part of the UEFA Foundation for Children’s first new project. “Some of them had been so excited they couldn’t sleep two or three nights before the game,” said Janusz Bukowski, who heads the local association that was responsible for accompanying the children at the match.

A treasure hunt at Zaatari

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Many activities were organised at the Za’atari refugee camp to celebrate the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace on 6 April.

Annual solidarity fund 2015

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The UEFA Foundation for Children has decided to allocate its €1m annual solidarity fund for 2015 to a project designed to improve communication and education for autistic children in Europe.