November 27 – The UEFA Foundation for Children have allocated funds to 28 new projects in support of vulnerable children around the world.
The programmes use sport, and football in particular, to give the most vulnerable children a chance to participate in physical activity and are designed to enhance well-being, self-esteem and conflict resolution.
Half the new projects are outside Europe giving the Foundation a presence on all continents. Nathalie Iannetta, one of the trustees who was part of the UEFA 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.”
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