The ‘Futbol con Corazon’ (Football with Heart) project in Colombia is another example of the wide-reaching impact the game can have on people’s lives. The Baranquilla-based initiative uses football to help girls and boys of all ages stay on the right path.

Drugs and poverty have created a disturbing social backdrop in many parts of the South American country, which is why football has taken on greater significance in preventing those dangers tightening their grip on the nation.

Eight ‘Futbol con Corazon’ projects have helped give more than 2,500 children and youngsters in Baranquilla and its surrounding area renewed hope for a brighter future. Parents are encouraged to become involved in the daily work at the programmes, where they are also offered parenting support.

Take a look for yourself at how the organisation works, the role football plays there and what effects it has on the children.