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UNICEF Volleyball Cup to start in Ukraine

Kharkiv, 3 October 2016 – The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Ukraine and the Committee for Physical Education and Sports of the Ministry of Education and Science (MES) of Ukraine launched the volleyball competition among school children. The Cup will gather nearly 300 teams from five regions of Ukraine – Donetsk, Luhansk, Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk, and Zaporizhia. Over 3,500 children, including internally displaced children, will compete for the Cup.

UNICEF Volleyball Cup is organized in the framework of the project “Towards greater social cohesion and integration of IDPs in eastern Ukraine” financially supported by German Federal Government through KfW Development Bank.

The Cup will take place in two stages. First, the schools will take part in qualifying round at the district and region levels. The best teams from five regions will go to the final to be hosted by Kharkiv on 15-16 November. Kharkiv, Donetsk, and Luhansk regions will delegate two teams each, while Zaporizhia and Dnipropetrovsk will be represented by one team each. Bronze medal match and the cup-final will take place on 16 November in Lokomotyv sports complex.

UNICEF Volleyball Cup is one of the components of Sport for Development programme launched by UNICEF Ukraine. “We in UNICEF focus on the all-round development of a child. We promote children’s access to both knowledge and physical development. UNICEF Volleyball Cup enables over 3,500 school children to come into their own in sports, prove team morale, support to each other, respect and tolerance. These are the features of younger generation that we should boost,” said Natasha Stojkovska, UNICEF Ukraine Emergency Coordinator.

UNICEF in Ukraine organizes UNICEF Volleyball Cup in cooperation with its partner – the MES Committee for Physical Education and Sport, which provides organizational support to the Cup. Furthermore, UNICEF and the Ministry launched Sport for Development training programme targeting sports teachers.

“The Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine aims to promote physical education. We want the school classes to foster better physical and ethical development of children. Thus, UNICEF is our good partner as it can bring the best international experience for us to implement,” Head of Sport Promotion Unit of the Committee for Physical Education and Sports of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, Ivan Zakharchuk, stressed.

About UNICEF Volleyball Cup

At the first stage, teams from 301 schools of Kharkiv (63 schools), Dnipropetrovsk (48), Zaporizhia (32), and Government-controlled areas of Donetsk (99) and Luhansk (59) regions will compete for being qualified to the final.

The winners of qualifying round in Dnipropetrovsk and Zaporizhia along with the winners and runners-up of qualifying in Kharkiv and Government-controlled areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions will make eight teams participating in the final round of the Cup.

Each team consists of 12 players (mixed – boys and girls), one coach, and one representative.
The first stage of the Cup is going to take place from 3 October-4 November in the regions. The final round will be hosted by Kharkiv on 15-16 November. The cup-final will take place on 16 November in Lokomotyv sports complex.

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About UNICEF

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) works in more than 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

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) opened its office in Kyiv in 1997. Since then, the children’s agency has been working to improve the lives of children and families throughout Ukraine. For more information about UNICEF Ukraine visit: www.unicef.org/ukraine/ 

For more information on the UNICEF emergency response in Ukraine visit: www.unicef.org/ukraine/children_26253.html

The Humanitarian Action for Children in Ukraine appeal is available here: www.unicef.org/appeals/ukraine.html

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About KfW Development Bank

KfW is one of the world´s leading and most experienced promotional banks. Established in 1948 as a public law institution, KfW is owned 80 per cent by the Federal Republic of Germany and 20 per cent by the federal states (“Länder”). KfW Development Bank is Germany’s leading development bank and an integral part of KfW. It carries out Germany´s Financial Cooperation (FC) with developing countries on behalf of the Federal Government. The 600 personnel at headquarters and about 200 specialists in its 66 local offices cooperate with partners all over the world. Its goal is to combat poverty, secure the peace, protect the environment and the climate and make globalization fair. KfW is a competent and strategic advisor on current development issues. For more information visit www.kfw‐entwicklungsbank.de

 

 
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