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UNICEF Volleyball Cup brought together over 3.500 schoolchildren from Eastern Ukraine

Kharkiv, 16 November 2016 – Eight school teams from five regions in Eastern Ukraine participated in the UNICEF VolleyballCup Final on 15-16 November in Kharkiv. Bronze medal match and the cup-final took place at Lokomotyv Sport Complex today.  Teams from 300 schools across Donetsk, Luhansk, Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk, and Zaporizhia regions have met in the run-up to the Finals. The Volleyball Cup, launched by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Ukraine and the Committee for Physical Education and Sports of the Ministry of Education and Science in October to foster teamwork, solidarity and mutual respect, has brought together over 3,500 children, including internally displaced children.  Every school participating in UNICEF Volleyball Cup has received sport equipment and uniforms.

“The UNICEF Volleyball Cup is not about competing, it is not about winning or losing. It is about learning to work together as a team! This initiative promotes social cohesion, support for each other and it offers an opportunity to engage” said Giovanna Barberis, UNICEF Representative in Ukraine. “At challenging times like these, with many families and children being displaced, sport  activities  bring young people together in a spirit of great solidarity  as we saw displayed by boys and girls partaking in  the tournament ” she added.

The UNICEF Volleyball Cup was 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. 

“Sport is a natural way of bringing people and especially children from different backgrounds together. It provides a space for mutual understanding and friendship. Therefore, we are convinced that the UNICEF Volleyball Cup will serve exactly this purpose. Enabled by financial support from the German Government, it is another step forward in our joint effort to support the integration of Internally Displaced Persons,” said Lutz Horn-Haacke, Director of KfW Office in Kyiv.

The UNICEF Volleyball Cup is a component of the Sport for Development Programme, a global initiative supported by UNICEF throughout the world, which uses sports as a tool to develop positive values and attitudes to help children  realize their full potential and enjoy the right to play in a safe and healthy environment. 

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 played to be qualified to the final.
The winners of qualifying round in Dnipropetrovsk and Zaporizhia along with the winners and runners-up of qualifyingrounds in Kharkiv and Government-controlled areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions made eight teams participating in the final round of the Cup.
Each team consisted of 12 players (mixed – boys and girls), one coach, and one representative. 
The first stage of the Cup took place from 3 October to 4 November in the regions. The final round was hosted by Kharkiv on 15-16 November. The cup-final took place on 16 November at Lokomotyv Sport Complex.


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:
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: 
For more information on the UNICEF emergency response in Ukraine visit: 
The Humanitarian Action for Children in Ukraine appeal is available here:


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‐




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