NEW YORK, 26 September 2012 – Barcelona Football Club (FCB) President Sandro Rosell and Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director, met today to celebrate the partnership of the FCB Foundation and UNICEF to improve the lives of millions of children.
“At FC Barcelona, we are very proud of our work with UNICEF,” Mr. Rosell said at their meeting in UNICEF Headquarters.
“This alliance allows us to bring the educational and unifying power of sport to the areas of the planet that are most in need. Football and sport in general are for us valuable tools that help our work in the area of child development and in the construction of a fairer society,” he said.
Under the banner of the movement Committing to Child Survival: A Promise Renewed, Mr. Rosell at the meeting agreed to encourage FCB’s millions of social media followers to sign a Promise pledge to pursue the compelling goal of ending preventable child deaths.
“FCB is a model of how to be great on the field and off the field,” said Mr. Lake. “It is a wonderful partnership and touches the lives of so many children, directly and indirectly.”
Lake visited Camp Nou in Barcelona in May this year and took part in an event with 75 schoolchildren and discussed with them and the importance of sport in children’s lives.
In August 2011, Barcelona FC stars David Villa and Thiago Alcántara met children in Dallas, Texas, and answered their questions about the value of sports, soccer and UNICEF.
FCB contributes €1.5 million per year to support UNICEF’s work to help millions of children in 16,000 schools in four countries: Brazil, China, Ghana and South Africa.
As a result of the partnership, over 5,000 teachers and coaches are to be trained and sports will be integrated into programmes in Child Friendly Schools. The schools will also be provided with sports supplies and better infrastructure for physical education, sport and play programmes.
UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. For more information about UNICEF and its work visit: www.unicef.org
Link to www.apromiserenewed.org
The Promise Renewed pledge is available for signing at: http://apr.nationbuilder.com/
For more information, please contact:
Sarah Crowe, Spokesperson UNICEF,
Tel + 1 212 326 7206
Kate Donovan, UNICEF New York,
Tel + 1 212 326 7452
Dailo Allí, Media Manager, UNICEF Spain,
Tel + 34 609 160 051,
Marc Parramon, Communications FCB Foundation,