International Fathers' Day

100 children and dads enjoyed a sports event, organized by UNICEF and Moldovan Football Federation

17 June 2018
Football fathers Day

The children had the opportunity to put on their sports equipment in the locker rooms of the Moldovan national football team, as well as enjoy sport games and play football on the main arena of the Zimbru stadium, where the national teams compete.

The Football Federation is honoured to partner with UNICEF in organising this event, since the role of dads is extremely important in the life of every child, ” Nicolae Cebotari, the Secretary General of the Moldovan Football Federation said in his opening speech. ”We also hope that some of the children who came today here with their dads will one day become players in the national football team”.

During the opening of the event, Margarita Tileva, UNICEF Deputy Representative in Moldova, said: „This year at UNICEF we have launched the global “Super Dad’s” campaign in recognition of father’s role in their children’s early development. When fathers nurture their young children by providing love and protection, supporting their healthy nutrition and play with them, their children will learn better, have less behavior issues and become healthier and happier human beings. They can do it through sport, and make a real difference in children’s lives.”

Stas Șiica attended the event with his two children – an 8 years old boy and a 2 years old girl. „I am impressed by how the event was organised. I wish we had more opportunities to spend quality time with our children, ” he said. ”The International Father’s Day reminds us that we, as men, should participate equally in taking care of our children”. 

Innes Graeme is a volunteer from Great Britain who has been enjoying the sports activities with his 4 years old daughter: ”It is a beautiful holiday and I am very happy to be here. It is very important for fathers to be by their children’s side and get involved in their education and development.” 

Fathers with children of various ages and backgrounds, boys and girls, children with special needs and children from the left bank of Nistru river participated equally in the today’s sport activities. The Moldovan Football Federation has donated, at the closing of the event, a lot of equipment to the kindergarten ”Sun Rise”, that runs an inclusive education programme.

The initiative was supported by a number of private partners: bottled water company OM; the ice cream producer Sandra, as well as the Fitness Club Alexa.

About the Global Campaign "Early Moments Matter"

"Early Moments Matters" (#EarlyMomentsMatter) is a UNICEF global campaign to raise awareness of the importance of the first 1,000 days of the child's life and the impact of early experiences on the developing brain.

Early childhood development is one of the most profitable investments in human capital, which leads to the sustainable development of a country. Investing in family-friendly policies is a primary task of government in any country, beneficial equally for the country's economy, the private sector, parents, children, and society at large.

About UNICEF-FIFA partnerships

UNICEF has been working with the FIFA World Cup for the past three tournaments to help harness the power of sport to promote children’s rights for many years. The World Cup, one of the world’s great sporting events, has been a powerful platform to show how sport can create self-esteem, self-confidence and trust among children. A series of partnerships and programmes around the global football championships over the years have provided children with the opportunity to learn about their world and be better protected.

About the Moldovan Football Federation

The Moldovan Football Federation (FMF) is affiliated to FIFA since 1994 and to UEFA since 1993. UEFA and FMF promote the inclusion through sport in kindergartens in Moldova through an initiative, encouraging sports and a healthy lifestyle in children.

Media contacts

Angela Munteanu
Communication Officer
UNICEF Moldova
Tel: + 373 22 26 91 53

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Fathers with children of various ages and backgrounds, boys and girls, children with special needs and children from the left bank of Nistru river participated equally in the today’s sport activities.


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