From Overnewton to Russia… a world-class football experience with a powerful message
The 2018 Gazprom Football for Friendship (F4F) programme is transforming a FIFA World Cup dream into reality for Year 7 student Noah Borg who has been selected to fly to Russia to represent Australia at the F4F programme.
Noah will attend as a Young Journalist, joining other 12-year-old football players and journalists from 211 countries and regions to participate in the 8-day programme. One of the experiences includes a role in the opening ceremony of the 2018 FIFA World Cup and tickets to the Russia VS Saudi Arabia match.
Noah says: “The nine values of the programme – friendship, equality, fairness, health, peace, devotion, victory, traditions and honour – mean a lot to me. It doesn’t matter where you come from or what you can do, we are all equal and we should treat everyone the same and with respect.”
Overnewton College Head of Sport, Nikki Little, will also travel to Moscow as a member of the Australian delegation and media team. Nikki will have the opportunity to collaborate with over 2000 professional journalists from around the world to give these children an experience of a lifetime.
Australian student Luca Durso will represent Australia as a Player.
Taking place in Moscow, Russia on 8-15 June ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, F4F is an annual International Children’s social programme organized by Gazprom, an international company supporting global social projects and setting new standards in relation to social policy. The aim of the programme is to promote essential values embodied by football with the younger generation such as respect for other cultures and nationalities as well as equality.
Football for Friendship is supported by FIFA, UEFA, the International Olympic Committee and football federations and leading clubs around the world. More than 5,000 media outlets worldwide will cover the programme, which is considered a unique educational programme by the United Nations.
This opportunity is the result of the terrific ongoing football partnership with Football For Friendship (RUS) and Lengo Football Academy (AUS).
Lengo Football Academy Chairperson Roxanne Strauss is delighted that Australia will be represented at the Football for Friendship in Russia.
“In 2017 a delegation from Lengo Football Academy represented Tanzania at the Football for Friendship program in St Petersburg as part of the Confederations Cup. This year Lengo Football Academy are privileged to be partnering with Football for Friendship and the Reagan Milstein Foundation to enable 12 countries to attend the program in Russia that forms part of the World Cup celebrations. Through these partnerships we are proud to be supporting young people from all over the world to score goals on and off the football field.”
ACS wishes Noah, Luca and Nikki all the best for an incredible experience.
Keep up to date with the journey by following the Earth is a ball blog at www.ffv.org.au #F4F
Official resources of the programme:
F4F Photo and video materials: http://media.footballforfriendship.com
F4F Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FootballForFriendship/
F4F Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/FOOTBALL4FRIENDSHIP
F4F Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/footballforfriendship
F4F Twitter: https://twitter.com/football4f
F4F website: https://www.gazprom-football.com/en/home.htm