POSTED: April 18th 2013
NewsUpdate

International Olympic Committee, FC Barcelona partner to benefit Olympafrica

(L to R) Sandro Rosell, head of FC Barcelona, Dr. Jacques Rogge, IOC President / IOC/Arnaud Meylan
(L to R) Sandro Rosell, head of FC Barcelona, Dr. Jacques Rogge, IOC President / IOC/Arnaud Meylan

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) – The International Olympic Committee and FC Barcelona agreed to a Memorandum of Understanding at the IOC’s headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland. IOC President Jacques Rogge and FC Barcelona President Sandro Rosell signed the agreement to start the official partnership, which will foster social and human development, as well as education and promotion of the Olympic values of excellence, respect, and friendship.

The partnership will result in the development of existing football programme in the Olympafrica centres throughout Africa. The centres are owned by the National Olympic Committees and were set up by Olympafrica with the IOC’s help. In 23 different African countries, the Olympafrica centres will organize 26 football tournaments for 12- to 15-year-olds, to be operationally funded by the IOC. Burundi will also host a regional tournament in May.

The football programme began in 2006, but the addition of FC Barcelona’s “FutbolNet” programme, which links the practice of football with the transmission of values, will elevate the level of education afforded to young footballers in the Olympafrica centres.

“Sport is a powerful tool for reaching out to today’s youth on all continents,” Rogge said. “We aim to bring sport and its inherent values to all fields of society. Through this partnership with the FFCB, we will provide young people and communities in a multitude of African countries with the opportunity to practise sport, to be empowered and to further their human development. I would like to thank the FC Barcelona Foundation for their support and for sharing their valuable experience in this field.”

“We thank the International Olympic Committee and its president, Jacques Rogge, for the confidence they have shown in the FC Barcelona Foundation to carry out this project,” Rosell said. “It is a great source of pride for out club to contribute to the promotion of the values of sport amongst youth in Africa, as we have been doing in many regions in our own country.”


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