10 May 2012

FC Barcelona and UNICEF strengthen their partnership in favor of children in four countries

Brazil, China, Ghana and South Africa are the countries benefiting from the sport and education programs that implement the two entities together.

UNICEF Executive Director, Anthony Lake, has participated on Thursday in a ceremony at the Sala Paris of Camp Nou with Ramon Pont, vice president of the Board of the Foundation FC Barcelona, which has been attended by Marc Bartra and a group of children.

In a ceremony at the Sala Paris of Club, the FC Barcelona Foundation and UNICEF have reaffirmed their commitment to improving the lives of millions of children through sport and education. Ramon Pont, vice president of FC Barcelona Foundation, Anthony Lake, executive director of Unicef​​, Marc Bartra and seventy-five young CEIP Pegasus Barcelona have met to discuss the importance of sport in the lives of children. "FC Barcelona is very committed to working with UNICEF to raise awareness of the situation of children in the world and promote education and sport," he assured Ramon Pont.

UNICEF recognizes the critical role of physical activity and sport in the lives of children. The youth participation in sport and play contributes to their physical and psychosocial and offers basic values ​​and life skills like discipline, teamwork, fairness and respect in others. The sport and play can also help combat discrimination and exclusion of marginalized groups, including children with disabilities.

"UNICEF welcomes its partnership with FC Barcelona. Through this collaboration, UNICEF and FC Barcelona have agreed to provide millions of children the opportunity to receive education, to experience the joy of sport and learn positive values through physical education, sport and play ", stated Anthony Lake, on his first visit to the home of FC Barcelona.

Marc Bartra, along with Ramon Pont and Anthony Lake, responded to questions from the youth group. Most questions were about the Unicef​​, children from other countries, soccer and why FC Barcelona has an agreement with Unicef.

FC Barcelona brings a total of 1.5 million euros a year to support the work of UNICEF with the aim to reach millions of children at 16,000 schools in four countries: Brazil, China, Ghana and South Africa. More than 5,000 teachers and coaches will be trained for the sport and its positive values ​​are integrated into school curricula. These schools also provide them with sports equipment and improved infrastructure to implement the programs of physical education and sport.

Lake pleads culé

During the event the executive director of Unicef​​, Anthony Lake, has openly declared supporter of FC Barcelona. "I am a diplomat, but above all I am a follower, and I am FC Barcelona". Lake told several anecdotes such as the World Cup final between Spain and Holland, where he followed the party with other leaders and did not hesitate in showing the Barca shirt under her shirt. He also had words to Marc Bartra, also present on the spot. Anthony Lake has not needed to submit it since has recognized this and has recommended to continue with this progression. (via FCBarcelona.cat)