«Gazprom» has started the 4-th season of the international children`s project «Football for friendship».

30 March 2016

«Gazprom» has started the 4-th season of the international children`s project «Football for friendship».

PJSC Gazprom is the official sponsor of the UEFA Champions League – in the framework of the international press conference in Munich has announced the launch of the forth season of the international children`s social project «Football for friendship».

Every year the project geography is expanding. Compared to last year, the total list of countries participating in the "Football for friendship" has increased from 24 to 32, and since the beginning of the project implementation it has grown in 4 times.

Within the season there will be several traditional events: on April 25 in participating countries of the project will be the international day of football and friendship, 27 and 28 may in Milan will be held an international tournament for street football and the international children's forum "Football for friendship".

The key event of the forum will be the awarding of special awards of the project "Football for friendship" Cup "Nine values" — one of the world's professional football clubs for the highest commitment to the values of the project. After the forum the participants will visit the final game of UEFA Champions League football in the stadium Giuseppe Meazza (San Siro) in Milan.

"Every year the number of participants of the project "Football for friendship" and the countries they represent, is growing. This season we can confidently call the global — in the project for the first time bring together young players from countries in the Western hemisphere. For the teenagers who are brought up in different cultures, with their traditions and customs, "Football for friendship" — a great opportunity to learn how to understand each other and mutual respect, despite any differences," said the Chairman of the Board of PJSC "Gazprom" Alexey Miller.

"The Cup "Nine values", which is awarded to the participants of the project "Football for friendship", is a figure of young football players holding a globe in the form of a soccer ball. In my opinion, this is a good picture of the ideas and values which football and sport in General proclaim among the younger generation," said global Ambassador of the project "Football for friendship" Franz Beckenbauer.

"There is no boundaries for the program "Football for friendship" : participants of the programme in the new season became the teams of boys and girls from four continents: Europe, Asia, Africa and South America. The forum was the first to come children's football clubs from Algeria, Armenia, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Brazil, Kyrgyzstan, Syria, Vietnam", – said Vladimir Serov, representative of the Communications Agency AGT, a global operator of the program "Football for friendship".

"I am happy that this year me and my friends have the opportunity to join the project "Football for friendship", to get acquainted with peers from different countries and talk about the really important things. I believe that we can change a life and make it better," said a young participant from Syria, Maher Saab.

The full version international press conference using GLOBUS technology+ can be seen here: 

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International children's social project "Football for friendship" is implemented by PJSC "Gazprom" in the framework of the program "Gazprom — to children". The aim of the project is the development of youth football, the education of tolerance and respect for different cultures and ethnicities in children from different countries. Core values that support and promote members, friendship, equality, justice, health, peace, loyalty, victory, tradition, and honor.

In 2016 the list of countries participating in the project were: Austria, Azerbaijan, Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, great Britain, Hungary, Vietnam, Germany, Spain, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, China, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Syria, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, Ukraine, France, Croatia, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Japan.

The main event of the project is the annual international children's forum "Football for friendship", which brings together the players of the leading football clubs in age from 12 to 14 years. The first forum was held on 25 may 2013 in London.

Special award of the project "Football for friendship" Cup "Nine values". This unique trophy, which annually is awarded to one professional football clubs for the implementation of social initiatives, embodying the values of the project. The winner chosen young ambassadors of the project by voting which takes place in all the countries-participants of the "Football for friendship".

During the forum "Football for friendship" the young players have the opportunity to network with their peers from other countries, as well as with famous athletes and artists. After the conference, project participants traditionally attend the final match of the UEFA Champions League.