International program of PJSC Gazprom "Football for friendship" was recognized the best social project of Russia

12 April 2016

International program of PJSC Gazprom "Football for friendship" was recognized the best social project of Russia

Last Friday was held the award ceremony of annual award "the Best social projects of Russia". International children's social program "Football for friendship", an initiative of PJSC "Gazprom", the winner in the category "international cooperation". Global operator of the program in all 32 countries participating in acts is Communications Agency AGT (Russia).

The winners of the annual award "the Best social projects of Russia" are companies who pay significant attention to the development of effective interaction between business and government, business and society, as well as projects contributing to the formation of a civilized socially developed society in Russia.

The company "Gazprom" through the implementation of the program "Football for friendship" aims to contribute to building an enabling environment for future generations through the promotion of basic human values such as friendship, tolerance and respect among the younger generation.

The main goal of the program "Football for friendship" – the promotion of values important for the well-being of any society: friendship, fairness, equality and peace. The program participants are young players, boys and girls from 12 to 14 years, studying not only these values but also become young ambassadors, promoting these values among their peers and acquaintances.

Since the implementation of the program "Football for friendship" in 2013, its geography has quadrupled from 8 to 32 countries. Worldwide, the program has acquired more than 250 thousands of supporters, both among normal children and adults, and among famous athletes, cultural figures, representatives of the authorities. Since 2013 the program was attended by more than 2,700 children and adults from Europe, Asia, Africa and South America, in which more than 160 media activities, as well as more than 130 sports and community celebrations.

The program traditionally receives greater support among leading national and international media, every year more than 1,000 journalists actively participate in various activities of the programme. The program also support UEFA and FIFA leading soccer clubs of the world, sports federations of different countries, public organizations, administrations and governments.

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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.
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" — the Cup of 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.

In 2016 for the fourth season of the program "Football for friendship", attended by children from 32 countries: 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.

Gazprom is a global energy company. Main activities — geological exploration, production, transportation, storage, processing and sales of gas (including motor fuel), gas condensate and oil, as well as generation and marketing of heat and electric power. The company operates in Russia, Africa, Middle East, Europe, Latin America, Middle, South and South-East Asia.

Gazprom is the largest company in the world largest natural gas reserves and volumes of its extraction, natural gas is being supplied to Russian consumers and more than 30 countries. "Gazprom" is one of four leading Russian oil producers, owned major generating assets in Russia and ranks first in the world production of thermal energy.

Along with active development of production activity of "Gazprom" pays great attention to social projects. The company has supported many sporting organizations and events, international and all-Russian scale. In particular, Gazprom is the official partner of the UEFA Champions League, supports the holding of the UEFA super Cup, as well as a number of football clubs with a worldwide reputation — the Russian "Zenit", the German "Schalke 04" and Serbian "Crvena Zvezda".