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FC Barcelona, UNICEF mark 10 years of partnership

BARCELONA, 25 February 2016 – FC Barcelona and UNICEF renewed their
commitment to the most vulnerable children today, signing a new 4-year
agreement. The renewal comes as the two organizations mark the 10-year
anniversary of a partnership that already has helped improve the lives of over 1
million children in seven countries.

Under the terms of the new agreement, the football club will increase its annual
contribution to UNICEF from €1.5 million to €2 million. The funds will support
programmes that give marginalized children in Brazil, China, Ghana and South
Africa the opportunity to take part in physical education, sport and play.
"With this new agreement, FC Barcelona seeks to take a step forward in this
partnership. Now, the ties between Barça and UNICEF are closer than ever. We are
united in the fight for children's rights and the promotion of education through
sport. Barça is the club for the children of the world and UNICEF is the best partner
for this journey,” said Josep Maria Bartomeu, president of FC Barcelona.

Over the last 10 years, the UNICEF-FC Barcelona partnership helped expand access
to education, sport and play for children who might otherwise be excluded. The
partnership also supported programmes to increase awareness on HIV/AIDS
amongst vulnerable communities in Angola, Malawi and Swaziland.
“FC Barcelona’s partnership with UNICEF has already helped more than 1 million
children around the world – and our new agreement will give even more children
the chance to learn and grow through sport and play,” said UNICEF Executive
Director Anthony Lake. “All of us at UNICEF are grateful for FC Barcelona’s
dedication to the cause of children – and I am personally delighted that our beloved
Barça will continue to be a champion in that cause.”
Research shows that sport and play can support children’s healthy physical and
cognitive development and also are powerful tools for promoting positive behavior
and values.

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Note to the editors: The seven countries benefiting from the UNICEF-FC
Barcelona partnership are Angola, Brazil, China, Ghana, Malawi, South Africa and
Swaziland.

About UNICEF
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we
do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to
translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching
the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children,
everywhere. For more information about UNICEF and its work, visit
http://www.unicef.org. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

ABOUT FC BARCELONA FOUNDATION
The FC Barcelona Foundation was created in 1994 as the vehicle for FC Barcelona’s
corporate social responsibility. At present, its projects are mainly based on the
following premises: the use of sports as a core instrument; the fostering of
education and the positive values of sport; children as the target beneficiaries and
the promotion of Catalonia through Barça. Nowadays the Foundation reaches more
than 400,000 beneficiaries all over the world.

About UNICEF-FCB partnership
The partnership between FC Barcelona and UNICEF is committed to the vision that
every child receives a quality education and enjoys the opportunity of participating
in sports and play.
In 2006, the FC Barcelona Foundation and FC Barcelona signed a global partnership
with UNICEF. UNICEF and the FC Barcelona Foundation have been collaborating to
improve the lives of millions of children through the promotion of sport and
education.


For more information, please contact:
Jeremy Hartley, UNICEF Private Fundraising and Partnerships, +41 79 559 71 72,
jhartley@unicef.org
Belén de Vicente, Spanish Committee for UNICEF, +34 609 160 051,
bvicente@unicef.es
Laia Ruich, Spanish Committee for UNICEF in Barcelona, +34 647 54 99 74
lruich@unicef.es
Marc Parramon, FC Barcelona, +34 696 863 845, marc.parramon@fcbarcelona.cat,
Chemi Terés, FC Barcelona, +34 619 50 84 47, chemi.teres@fcbarcelona.cat,

 

 
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