September 20 – Meeting to review the social impact projects the Asian Football Confederation is supporting, the AFC Social Responsibility Committee received detail and briefings on a number of proposed initiatives across the region.
Committee chairperson Zaw Zaw praised the depth and breadth of the AFC’s social responsibility efforts as the Committee approved six new programmes.
Nations the had projects accepted for support include the Bhutan Football Federation (BFF), the Chinese Taipei Football Association (CTFA), the Kyrgyz Football Union (KFU), the Lebanese Football Association (LFA), the Mongolian Football Federation (MFF) and the West Asian Football Federation (WAFF).
The projects all varied in their local activation and target aims.
- The BFF, via its #bridgingthegap programme, is planning to empower an estimated 140 disadvantaged young people from five remote schools over five days during the summer and winter breaks.
- The CTFA is collaborating with the Global Workers Organization (GWO), to deliver a programme in Chinese Taipei aimed at demonstrating the value of football in promoting equality by integrating migrant workers with the local community. Activation will include a Migrant Workers’ World Cup Tournament.
- The KFU is planning a capacity-building programme for physical education teachers and orphanages, which is scheduled to take place from February to July 2023 and will target 60 educators from 30 schools and orphanages. A total of 600 boys and girls are expected to participate in the five-month programme through football tournaments and festival activities, with an estimated 30,000 children and youth expected to benefit from the initiative in the long-term.
- LFA plans to implement a sport for development programme for adolescents and youth in Lebanon who have been impacted by the pandemic. Commencing in January 2023, the four-month programme will reach eight areas, 50 clubs,and more than 1,000 children in Lebanon.
- The MFF in collaboration with the Mongolian Blind Football Federation have developed the MFF Blind Football Camp programme which will provide 3,000 to 4,000 visually impaired persons, particularly children, with the opportunity to develop a healthy body and mind while developing life skills through football.
- WAFF, in collaboration with Para Football, have developed the West Asia #FootballForAll Festival programme to provide inclusive football participation opportunities for children and youth with disabilities.
All six MA programmes will now be presented to the AFC Dream Asia Foundation Board of Trustees for further funding approvals.
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