UEFA Foundation funding awarded to Play for Change sport programme in Nepal.

Play for Change has received funding support from the UEFA Foundation for Children to support the delivery of its sport and education programme in Besisahar, Nepal.

A district, devastated by two earthquakes in April and May 2015, sees the start of a sport and education programme which aims to develop long term opportunities for access to sport. The programme known as Khelaun Khelaun (meaning ‘Let’s Play’ in Nepali) has a mission to use sport as a vehicle to improve children’s health and wellbeing, increase girl’s participation in sport and create local employment in the district of Lamjung.

One of the schools participating in the programme

One of the schools participating in the programme

The UEFA Foundation for Children’s decision-making body has committed to providing financial support to Play for Change (PFC) to carry out the programme, which will improve the facilities and enable year-long delivery to a community deeply affected by the two earthquakes. There has been a lack of infrastructure in Besisahar to carry out sports activities and in November the charity began working with its local delivery partner, Global Action Nepal, to start developing the sports programme in the communities. The funding will support with the provision of equipment, training of coaches and developing facilities. PFC also has an ambition to employ woman by training females as coaches and to encourage a culture of girls in sport.

The large scale project has been welcomed by the communities and has begun its work in 40 schools across the region. Opportunities into employment will be offered to 34 young people where they can participate, undergo training and gain paid work within the programme to become coaches and teachers themselves. This will help to raise aspirations and create a generation of young people in Nepal who can help others in the future.

José Manuel Durão Barroso chairman of the UEFA Foundation for Children’s board of trustees, said:

‘Sport has a vital role to play in bringing meaning and fun to children’s lives, and the UEFA Foundation for Children is determined to be at the vanguard of promoting health and well-being through sporting activity. The establishment of a sport and education project in this area of Nepal will not only give joy to children, but also help create and foster a positive future for the community, we fully support Play for Change in its admirable work, and wish everyone the best best in this exciting venture.’

Marie Le Page, Director of Play for Change, said:

‘We are really excited to be working with UEFA Foundation for Children where we share a passion for sport. We believe that this project will offer a great platform and opportunity to the devastated communities of Nepal.’


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