The FIFA initiative Football For Hope has won the prize for Best Peace Project from an International Sports Federation at the 2010 Peace and Sport Awards, held in Monaco on 2 December.
The Peace and Sport Awards recognise people and initiatives in the world of sport that have made valuable contributions to social stability in the preceding 12 months. The 2010 ceremony paid tribute to the power of sport in encouraging dialogue and bridge-building between divided communities.
Football for Hope (FFH) employs football as a vehicle for consolidating international programmes in fields such as education, health and the promotion of peace and reconciliation. Since its creation in 2005, the initiative has supported more than 100 programmes in 63 countries, reaching out to thousands of youngsters in the process. Over the last year, for example, a number of campaigns were conducted within the framework of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™, such as the Football For Hope Festival or “20 Centres for 2010”, which funded the construction of community centres raising education and public health standards in several countries across Africa.
"We are proud to receive this award and honoured by the recognition given to FIFA for the work Football for Hope carries out in response to global social issues,” said Federico Addiechi, FIFA’s Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, on receiving the award. “It is a sign of increasing international recognition of both FIFA’s social responsibility and the role that football can play in building a brighter future.”
Football for Hope shared the award with IFNA (International Federation of Netball Associations) on an evening in which four other initiatives also won awards: Rumble in Cartagena (a wheelchair rugby tournament); The Peres Center For Peace (for its cooperation projects between Palestinians and Israelis); PUMA.Peace (for its international charity initiatives); and Out of the Ashes (a film on the recent success of the Afghanistan cricket team).
Peace and Sport, L’Organisation Pour la Paix par le Sport is a neutral and politically independent international initiative that makes sport and its values the focal point of development projects in communities in crisis across the world.