The European Sponsorship Association (ESA), Europe’s trade body for Sponsorship has today announced a partnership between the 2017 ESA Excellence Awards and Play for Change, an international sport for development charity that uses the values of sports to empower and make a positive change in the lives of under-privileged children and their communities around the world.
This July, Stewards Academy hosted Play for Change and one of their ambassadors - inspirational Paralympic athlete Anne Wafula Strike for a motivational sports day with 900 children. The Harlow based racer delivered a potent presentation, focusing on the potential of sports as a tool for self-development and community-building. The main purpose of this day though was encouraging children to play sports in order to cultivate key life skills for themselves and the communities they live in.
Play for Change is honoured to have been awarded a generous gift from First Give, an organization that partners with secondary schools to help students give their time, tenacity and talents to improve their local communities. A class of Grade 8 students from Paddington Academy participated in First Give's programme, presenting information on local charities for a chance to win a cash prize, to be given to the charity of focus.
On 3rd June, Play for Change (PFC) and Pro League hosted their third annual ‘Schools Cup’ tournament, a youth football tournament that was held at the Eneco Stadium of Oud-Heverlee Leuven in Belgium. The tournament provided over 300 children aged 11 - 12 years old with the experience of a ‘day in the life of a professional footballer’ whilst promoting values of social inclusion and fair play through football.