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45 new projects receive support from the UEFA Foundation for Children

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The foundation reiterates its commitment to safeguarding children’s rights around the world. The UEFA Foundation for Children’s board of trustees, under the chairmanship of the UEFA president, Aleksander Čeferin, met at the House of European Football in Nyon on 29 November. One of the most anticipated topics on the agenda was the selection of new projects. Many non-profit organisations that share the foundation’s values responded to the call for projects issued in the summer and submitted projects promoting access to sport, health, education, personal development and/or the integration of minorities. This year, UEFA has increased its budget to the foundation, allowing €3,838,504 to be allocated to new projects. Many worthy applications were received. The members of the board of trustees agreed in advance that half of the amount available would be allocated to projects in Europe and the other half to projects elsewhere in the world. To fulfil its objective…

Wladimir Klitschko and Snežana Samardžić-Marković join UEFA Foundation for Children

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Ukrainian boxing legend Wladimir Klitschko and Snežana Samardžić-Marković from the Council of Europe have become new members of the UEFA Foundation for Children board of trustees. Former world heavyweight boxing champion Wladimir Klitschko and Snežana Samardžić-Marković, director general of democracy at the Council of Europe, have joined the UEFA Foundation for Children’s board of trustees. The UEFA Foundation for Children, which aims to help young people in difficult circumstances and defend their rights, made the announcement on Thursday following a board meeting at its headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland. “We are delighted to welcome Wladimir and Snežana,” said UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin, who is chairman of the UEFA Foundation for Children. “They are committed to fighting to improve the lives of disadvantaged children across the globe, and we are now in the fortunate position of being able to call upon their knowledge and expertise.” Klitschko, one of the most celebrated boxers…

Match For Solidarity: First newsletter is out

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The first newsletter of the Match for Solidarity is now available. Learn more about the results of the first Match for Solidarity organised jointly by UEFA and the United Nations to raise funds for the UEFA Foundation for Children in order to support humanitarian projects. Newsletter 1 – Match for Solidarity

Zaatari and Azraq residents to benefit from two new artificial football pitches

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The UEFA Foundation for Children, Lay’s and the Asian Football Development Project partner for a second year to build new football facilities for refugees.  Jordan, 17 September 2018: the UEFA Foundation for Children, Lay’s and the Asian Football Development Project (AFDP) have joined forces to turn unsafe play areas at two refugee camps in northern Jordan into artificial football pitches. A dedicated girls-only pitch will enhance Zaatari’s current football facilities, while a newly upgraded pitch will enable even more football-loving girls and boys in the Azraq camp to enjoy their favourite game. Lay’s first teamed up with the UEFA Foundation for Children and the AFDP in September 2017 to build a full-size, permanent artificial pitch for Zaatari residents. Over the past 12 months, 35,000 children and adults have used the pitch, with 600 matches played in 20 tournaments and football training courses on offer all year round. Additionally, 40 men…

Football provides new prospects for Estonian children

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For the second year in a row, the NGO SPIN has received a UEFA Foundation for Children Award on a recommendation from the Estonian Football Association. During a trip to Tallinn, we received a warm welcome from the CEO of SPIN, Keit Fomotškin. “It means a lot to us to receive a UEFA Foundation for Children Award,” he said. “Recognition from outside Estonia is very important for our team of coaches who work with the kids every day. The award will enable us to expand our programme and involve more participants.” The youngsters who attend the SPIN-programme come from difficult social backgrounds and have been identified in collaboration with social workers, local authorities and schools. SPIN believes in the potential of every child to become a good citizen. By playing football in a safe and motivating environment, youngsters learn the positive values of team sport that can be replicated in…

Building an inclusive future for visual impaired children

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UEFA Super Cup, a platform for positive change Since its creation in 2015, the UEFA Foundation for Children has become a key presence at the UEFA Super Cup, delivering strong messages of integration, solidarity and hope. This year in Tallinn, a mixed choir of visual impaired and normal-sighted boys and girls aged between 7 and 15 will perform the Florence And The Machine song You’ve got the Love before kick-off on Wednesday 15 August. The choir will be made up of children from Tallinna Heleni Kool (Helen’s School in Tallinn), which teaches children with hearing and visual impairments, and multiple disabilities, and Tallinna Poistekoor (the Tallinn boys’ choir). The support of the players of Real Madrid CF and Club Atlético de Madrid will highlight the importance of integrating children with disabilities into society as well as giving opportunities to children in less-privileged parts of the world. The youngsters will have…

UEFA Foundation for Children launches 2018 call for projects

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On 13 August, the UEFA Foundation for Children launched its 2018 call for projects that seek to promote children’s fundamental rights across the globe. This call for projects is aimed at any organisation that shares the values of the UEFA foundation and proposes practical measures to help children, in particular in the areas of access to sport, health, education, employment, personal development and supporting vulnerable children. Applications are invited from organisations anywhere in the world. Support is not limited to projects within Europe The UEFA Foundation for Children will examine and evaluate each project. The final decision on the selection of projects will be taken by the board of trustees in accordance with the foundation’s statutes and ethics code. Specific conditions relating to funding are provided in the project criteria. To submit your project, click on this link. The application deadline is 14 September 2018. Candidates will be notified of…

2018 UEFA Foundation for Children Award for Ampu Kids in Germany

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Ampukids is a German project that assists amputee children. Ampukids offers children and their families extensive support to cope with their new situation, to manage daily life and the new challenges associated with limb amputation. An amputation is a horrifying incident for a family, and competent psychological care is often necessary. Ampukids’ main aims are to enable amputee children to find their way back to normal life, to participate in any social activities and sports, and to create a German-wide network of children and families sharing their experience and individual skills. Ampukids also organises events bringing together ‘Ampukids’, their families and friends, as well as non-amputee children. These events support mutual interaction, integrating amputee children into mixed teams and allowing them to set their own goals. Ampukids events also bring together families, allowing them to exchange their expertise in dealing with all the challenges associated with amputation in childhood. Every…

DAYSI’S STORY

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Sport is one of the things that Daysi loves. Two years ago, a 13-year-old girl named Daysi joined the School of Integration, Sports Training, Artistic Expression and Professional Development (EIFODEC) in Cochabamba, Bolivia. At that time, she had basic motor skills and did not have the opportunity to do sport and develop her physical abilities. Since attending the EIFODEC, Daysi has improved her motor skills and has gained confidence through playing team sports such as football, which is her favourite. Football has had a significant impact on the development of Daysi’s self-esteem, personal safety, cooperation and teamwork. At the age of five, Daysi was rescued from her home because she was exposed to constant sexual abuse by her stepfather and was neglected by her biological mother. Since then she has been living in a foster home with a system of surrogate families. She has found support and love from her…

Field in a Box™ provides opportunities for young people in Brazil

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Football as a platform for positive change in Olinda The community of Rio Doce yesterday celebrated the official opening of a Field in a Box pitch in Olinda as part of a collaborative social responsibility programme by FedEx Express, the UEFA Foundation for Children and streetfootballworld. This ambitious project aims to use football to deliver positive change in communities where young people live in challenging circumstances. “This Field in a Box pitch will provide sports infrastructure for community activities aimed at creating opportunities for youngsters and strengthening social ties in Olinda. Every child will learn to play a key role in the community’s future and cohesion,” said Pascal Torres, general secretary of the UEFA Foundation for Children. “When FedEx Express began sponsoring the UEFA Europa League, we wanted to find a way to use our involvement in professional football to benefit young people on a more personal level. The Field…

Match for Solidarity helps disabled children around the globe

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UEFA and the United Nations helped to raise €605,000 for the UEFA Foundation for Children to fund humanitarian and development projects around the world. On 21 April, UEFA and the United Nations Office at Geneva joined forces to stage the Match for Solidarity charity football match. Aside from the game, between teams captained by Ronaldinho and Luís Figo, the event included a unique global digital auction for fans and a live auction at a gala dinner held after the match. All proceeds from the match and auctions are being allocated to humanitarian and development projects. The match, held at the Stade de Genève in glorious sunshine, proved to be extremely popular, with 23,654 fans turning up to watch Figo’s team triumph 4–3 in an almost sold-out stadium. The overriding aim of the event was to promote peace, human rights and well-being across the world through the the Sustainable Development Goals…

Making football dreams come true

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The foundation endeavours to put a smile on the faces of children and young people who are seriously ill or whose lives have been changed forever an accident by enabling them to meet their favourite player or a prestigious football team, or simply to enjoy the unique experience of watching a major European match. For the last three years, we have been working closely with Etoile filante/Sternschnuppe and Make a Wish in Switzerland and the French association Rêves to provide unforgettable experiences for children and the families that support them day after day. We do all we can to give them a couple of magical days to help them through the more difficult moments. The foundation made the dreams of 46 children come true during the 2017/18 season: 18 children saw their favourite player in action for their club 6 children met the players of their national team 22 children…

Winners of 2018 UEFA Foundation for Children Awards announced

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Awards go to 20 European organisations supporting disadvantaged children On 16 May, the Board of Trustees of the UEFA Foundation for Children met in Lyon at the offices of Sport dans la Ville – an organisation that uses sport to help young people to integrate into society – under the stewardship of its chairman, Aleksander Čeferin. The agenda for that meeting included a number of important items of business, such as the 2018 UEFA Foundation for Children Awards and the approval of the projects to be supported using the proceeds from the recent Match for Solidarity, which took place in Geneva on 21 April and was jointly organised by UEFA and the United Nations. As regards administrative business, the chairman of The Football Association, Greg Clarke, was voted onto the Board of Trustees, bringing the total number of members to 11. The Board of Trustees also took note of the…

Stars in their eyes

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Local children will escort the players out onto the pitch thanks to a partnership between the UEFA Foundation for Children and FedEx The UEFA Europa League final is a source of great excitement to its host city, and not least to the young fans who dream of seeing their heroes in the flesh. The UEFA Foundation for Children and the competition’s main sponsor, FedEx, have worked together to make the dreams of 22 local children a reality. Those youngsters, aged between seven and nine, will walk onto the pitch hand in hand with the players from Olympique de Marseille and Club Atlético de Madrid prior to kick-off. They having been chosen by French non-profit organisation Sport dans la Ville. They learned of their role from none other than FedEx ambassador and Netherlands legend Ruud Gullit during a special trip to the Stade de Lyon. “The news that the children would…

Dreams made possible for Lyon children at UEFA Europa League final

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FedEx Express donates its player escort allocation to French charity Sport dans la Ville The UEFA Foundation for Children and FedEx Express – a subsidiary of FedEx Corporation and the world’s largest express transportation company – are offering local children a dream opportunity at the UEFA Europa League final in Lyon on 16 May 2018. Children chosen by Sport dans la Ville, a local non-profit organisation, will lead the two teams – Olympique de Marseille and Club Atlético de Madrid – out onto the pitch at the Stade de Lyon, where, for a brief moment, they themselves will be the stars of the UEFA Europa League final. FedEx Express’s UEFA Europa League ambassador, Ruud Gullit, delivered the exciting news to those 22 children during a recent behind-the-scenes tour of the stadium. As the main sponsor of the UEFA Europa League, FedEx Express works closely with the UEFA Foundation for Children on initiatives…

Field in a Box opens up new possibilities for young people in Philippi, Cape Town

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FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX), and the UEFA Foundation for Children celebrated the opening of the latest Field in a Box in the Philippi township of Cape Town on Saturday 14 April 2018. As the main sponsor of the UEFA Europa League, FedEx delivers its Field in a Box programme in collaboration with the UEFA Foundation for Children and global non-profit organisation streetfootballworld. The programme delivers easy-to-install, artificial-turf sports fields, each aiming to use football as a platform to empower children and young adults. “Our intention by building these fields is to provide an environment that is inclusive and accessible to everyone in the community. We hope that they will provide a foundation for personal and sometimes longer-term socio-economic development,” says Mike Higley, FedEx Express vice-president for sub-Saharan Africa. “Living and playing together is a commitment to the future and sustainable development of South Africa. We…

UEFA Foundation for Children and Swiss Football Association pledge support for PluSport

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The UEFA Foundation for Children will be supporting the Goal Plus – Play Football project run by PluSport, the Swiss disability sport association, for another year, while the Swiss Football Association has signed an agreement with PluSport to form a partnership in the area of disability football. Football is the world’s most popular sport and, thanks to these two partnerships, access to sport, and to football in particular, will be made easier for everyone, regardless of any disability. Play Football promotes the integration of disabled children and teenagers into society and sport by creating football groups that train together regularly and organising tournaments at which teams can compete against each other. “The fact that the foundation is supporting our project for another year is great news for us and shows the increasing value attached to our tournaments,” explains René Will, PluSport director. By supporting the project, the UEFA Foundation for…

Eleven Campaign to raise the curtain on the Match for Solidarity

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On Saturday 21 April, prior to the UEFA-United Nations Match for Solidarity, 11 children who have been followed by the Eleven Campaign will take to the pitch at the Stade de Genève to play in a football match designed to symbolise unity. Can football unite the world? That is the question posed by the Eleven Campaign, the non-profit organisation behind the Eleven film project. Supported by the UEFA Foundation for Children, the Eleven documentary aims to demonstrate the power of football to unite the world by following 11 children as they come together to play the football match of their lives. The Eleven Rise As One game will take place ahead of the Match for Solidarity, a charity event being organised by UEFA and the United Nations on Saturday 21 April. It will bring together 11 children from 11 different countries, who will meet for the first time when they…

TIPS – a tool for the uses of the new technologies with children with ASD

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TIPS – feedback from the use of the new technologies with children with autism spectrum disorder symptoms (ASD) On the occasion of the world autism awareness day, FIRAH and its universities and stakeholders European partners publish TIPS. This booklet in done in a question and answer format. It gathers answers of children and adolescents with ASD, to their parents, and to professionals working with these children on the use of new technologies. The questionnaires included questions on the digital tools and method of use, the different areas (educational, communication, logic…) in which they were used, appropriation, and specific questions on verbal communication and social interactions. The questionnaires were filled in by 111 professionals, 137 parents, and 90 children or adolescents with ASD, from Belgium, France, Luxembourg, United Kingdom and Switzerland. Tips was created through the autism and new technologies program led by FIRAH and the UEFA Foundation for children. Read…

Match for Solidarity – Reducing inequalities through football

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On this World Autism Awareness Day, 2 April, the UEFA Foundation for Children is reaffirming its desire to ensure that no child is left behind. On the same occasion, we would like to invite you to support the Match for Solidarity being held at the Stade de Genève on 21 April. The proceeds from this match, which is being organised jointly by UEFA and the United Nations, will go towards projects for children with disabilities Differences are opportunities, and being different should never stand in the way of any child. In order to reinforce this message, UEFA and the Office of the United Nations in Geneva are teaming up to organise the Match for Solidarity to promote peace and human rights, and to reduce inequalities (in line with United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 10). Legends of the game will be turning out to play in the match at the Stade…

#Morethanfootball Action Weeks 2018

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This year again, the UEFA Foundation for Children is supporting the #Morethanfootball action weeks run by the European Football for Development Network (EFDN). The action weeks give participating football clubs and leagues the opportunity to demonstrate the social impact of their community projects and raise awareness of the transformative role that European club football can play in changing peoples’ lives for the better. This year’s action weeks take place from 21 March to 8 April. To highlight the foundation’s support for the campaign, it will share LED boards with #Morethanfootball at the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals on 3 and 4 April and the UEFA Europa League quarter-finals on 5 April and broadcast the campaign’s official video on the giant screens. A new feature for the 2018 action weeks, intended to increase its impact, is the Around the world #Morethanfootball Challenge, which encourages football fans, players and coaches to actively share why…

Nissan partner to tackle youth employability challenges in France and the UK

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PARIS, France & LONDON, England (15th February 2018) – Today Nissan is joining UEFA Foundation for Children and streetfootballworld to support grassroots organisations Sport dans la Ville in France and Street League in the United Kingdom. Part of its mission to create a “cleaner, safer, fairer” world, Nissan is addressing the issue of the roughly 7 million young people (15-24) in Europe that are Not in Education, Employment and Training (NEETs). In the beginning of February 2018, the two-year partnerships in France and the UK are aligned with activities run by the Nissan Skills Foundation in the UK, which seek to encourage the next generation of talent in design, engineering and manufacturing sectors. Stuart Jackson, VP Brand & Communications for Nissan Europe said: “At Nissan we believe in creating a cleaner, safer, fairer society through the power of our people and our products. As an official UEFA Champions League partner,…

Match For Solidarity tickets go on sale

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Legendary players signing up for joint UEFA-UN charity football match in Geneva UEFA and the United Nations Office in Geneva have announced that tickets for the Match For Solidarity went on sale today, as football legends continued to sign up to play in the joint UEFA-United Nations charity game. The match takes place on Saturday 21 April 2018 at 16.00CET at the Stade de Genève, with pre-match activities involving local and international children starting around an hour before kick-off. Tickets are priced at CHF 10, CHF 17 and CHF 22, and can be purchased at http://www.ticketcorner.ch/. The two teams will be captained by Luís Figo and Ronaldinho, and will have Carlo Ancelotti and Didier Deschamps as the coaches. The match will be refereed by Pierluigi Collina. Other players who have signed up to play include: Éric Abidal, Cafu, Youri Djorkaeff, Alex Frei, Luis García, Nuno Gomes, Christian Karembeu, Fernando Hierro, Jari Litmanen,…