Foundation spotlight on parents in Cardiff

Parents will take a prominent part in the UEFA Women’s Champions League final celebrations on Thursday – which is also the UN Global Day of Parents – to mark their role in children participating in football.

The UEFA Women’s Champions League final in Cardiff will celebrate the family – thanks to the UEFA Foundation for Children.

Thursday’s big match at Cardiff City Stadium between Lyon and Paris Saint-Germain coincides with the UN Global Day of Parents, and parents will play a prominent role at the game, in tribute to their crucial contribution in getting children to participate in football.

The UEFA foundation – true to its mission to bring smiles to children’s faces and promote the magic of football – has planned activities involving children and parents.

At the opening ceremony ahead of the match, 15 girls and their parents will raise a giant centre-circle banner. On the eve of the final, the girls and families also had the opportunity to meet the players, who serve as important role models in inspiring young girls to take up football.

In partnership with streetfootballworld, the foundation has arranged match tickets for over 800 children and parents connected to charitable organisations in Cardiff that form part of the streetfootballworld network.

With Thursday’s final also heralding the kick-off of UEFA’s Together #WePlayStrong campaign aimed at encouraging girls to play football, the children will receive a Together #WePlayStrong tifo banner to hold, as well as inflatable bambam sticks.

“On the occasion of UEFA’s flagship women’s club competition final, the foundation would like to pay tribute to every child’s most important supporters: their families,” said Pascal Torres, general secretary of the UEFA Foundation for Children.

“Mothers and fathers have an essential role to play in getting their children, and their daughters in particular, to participate in this beautiful game.”