UEFA foundation contributes to the tournament legacy
The UEFA Foundation for Children is contributing to the UEFA Futsal EURO 2016 tournament legacy programme through a photo exhibition focussing on children’s lives at the Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan. The exhibition is being hosted by the Arena of Belgrade from 28 January to 15 February. Thanks to the involvement of Serbia’s Ministry of Education, classes from underprivileged neighbourhoods in Belgrade will be provided with free tickets to attend a Futsal EURO match, and to visit the exhibition, which will serve as an educational tool. Documentation will be made available to teachers, to enable them to explain to the students about the lives of refugee children in the camp, and to show the importance of football in the children’s existence.
This photo exhibition gives an opportunity for the UEFA Foundation for Children to show its presence and activities at the refugee camp. Access to and participation in sports activities is very important for the youngsters living at the camp. It is more than just an opportunity to play and have a nice time. Sport is used with an educational approach, addressing social issues and focussing, in particular, on conflict resolution and raising awareness of early marriages and birth control, as well as the importance of school, health, hygiene and well-being. Sport is also used to reinforce social values such as tolerance, inclusion and fair play.
The on-site activities of the foundation serve the following objectives:
- Providing equipment and infrastructure
- Training of local coaches – men and women
- Organising regular training sessions and tournaments
- Integration of young children through sport
- Reinforcing children’s rights