04 JUNE 2018 / Football Festival at the SNFCC in Collaboration with the Barça Foundation

On Sunday, June 3rd, 2018, 200 refugee children that participate in Barça Foundation’s FutbolNet methodology program in Greece had the opportunity to play and train alongside Giovanni Silva De Oliveira, former football player of FC Barcelona.

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) is collaborating with the Barça Foundation for the implementation of sports and education programs in refugee sites and local hosting communities that follow the FutbolNet methodology. The specific methodology uses sports as a means to promote peace, tolerance and understanding and to ultimately foster social inclusion and integration, through education on values and reflection tools that stimulate children and young people.

The event on June 3rd will took place at the Great Lawn of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) as well as at the outdoor games area that will host sports activities during the Summer Nostos Festival (SNFestival), which is held between June 17th and June 24th.

More than 3,000 children and teenagers have participated in the sports activities held as part of the FutbolNet methodology program, in Greece, Italy and Lebanon, with the SNF’s support. Through their participation in football games and training sessions, children learned how to cooperate with their peers, to respect the rules and how to use dialogue as a means to prevent and solve conflicts.