FIFA’s Football for Hope programme has received yet more recognition with the bestowing of a Spirit of Sport Award by SportAccord. This honour, which was presented in London at the General Assembly of SportAccord – whose goal is to promote communication and cooperation international sports federations – acknowledges the achievements of a programme that has benefited projects across 60 different nations.

Football for Hope is central to FIFA’s sense of social responsibility and commitment to ‘building a better future’ as it provides thousands of children and young people with tools to enable them to make a difference in their own lives and in their communities. HIV/AIDS prevention in South Africa, gender equality in Mali, computer literacy in Kenya, mine-risk education in Cambodia, integration of war amputees in Sierra Leone and conflict resolution in Argentina are just a few of the causes that have been furthered by the programme’s work, and this has now led to Football for Hope being recognised as one of SportAccord’s ‘outstanding projects or initiatives’ of 2011.

Accepting the award, FIFA Vice-President Issa Hayatou paid tribute to the organisations and individuals who have helped ensure the programme’s success. He said: “On behalf of FIFA President, Joseph S. Blatter, I would like to express our gratitude for this recognition. We are deeply honoured to receive the Spirit of Sport Award for our Football for Hope programme, and for our efforts to building a better future.

“Since 2005, FIFA has supported over 170 programmes in 60 countries, providing thousands of children and young people with valuable tools to actively make a difference in their own lives and in their communities. FIFA’s efforts would not be possible without the many community-based organisations and young leaders that implement the programmes on the ground. We are proud to have them as partners, and we dedicate this award to them.”