African children imbibe Olympic values in OlympAfrica FutbolNet Cup 2017
Supported by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the FC Barcelona Foundation, the 5th edition of the OlympAfrica FutbolNet Cup is currently taking place in the 41 community centres that the OlympAfrica Foundation runs across Africa.
Jointly run by the IOC, the FC Barcelona Foundation (FFCB) and the OlympAfrica Foundation, the programme is based on a methodology developed by the FFCB, and uses football as an educational tool to promote the values of sport, such as team-building, fair play and respect for others, among young people in Africa.
It allows close to 85,000 children aged between 12 and 15 to compete in football tournaments where girls and boys play together to win matches, not only by scoring goals, but also by applying these values during the game.
According to information contained in the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) website this double measure ensures that these young players truly embody the Olympic values and become ambassadors of the sporting movement within their communities.
In the framework of this programme held from June 10 to June 11, 2017, the National Olympic Committee of Zambia and its OlympAfrica centre in Lusaka hosted a regional tournament which brought together children from the OlympAfrica centres of Malawi, Mauritius, Seychelles, Zimbabwe and, of course, Zambia. ##
Thierno Diack, Executive Director, OlympAfrica Project