FC Barcelona and UNICEF celebrated Saturday their 10-year partnership at FC Barcelona’s match against Malaga, and during a post-match event held at the club’s Camp Nou stadium.
Over the past decade, the partnership has helped UNICEF give more than a million children access to quality education, sport and play, and contributed to the prevention of HIV-transmission in communities across Angola, Malawi and Swaziland.
At the celebratory match, hosted by FC Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu and UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Justin Forsyth, more than 130 children from schools across Catalonia were given exclusive access to watch the two teams go head-to-head from the honorary box, and 22 children from the region were given the chance to support on the field.
FC Barcelona and UNICEF announced the renewal of their partnership earlier this year. Under the new agreement, the 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.
The UNICEF-FC Barcelona collaboration has provided a unique platform reaching millions of football fans with the organizations’ shared vision for children’s rights, especially for all children to have access to sport and play.
The renewal of the partnership kicked off with the launch of FC Barcelona’s Triumph of Dreams digital campaign to shine a light on the partnership’s achievements. It features the hopes of the club’s players and children featured in the campaign.
The seven countries benefiting from the UNICEF-FC Barcelona partnership are Angola, Brazil, China, Ghana, Malawi, South Africa and Swaziland.
The FC Barcelona Foundation was created in 1994 as the vehicle for FC Barcelona’s corporate social responsibility (CSR).
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.
Photo courtesy: UNICEF
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