Generating opportunities for social inclusion based on Olympic and Barça values
ALLIANCE WITH THE IOC
A pioneering social project on the African continent
The Barça Foundation and the IOC are working together on various social projects in Africa. As a result of this collaboration, it has been possible to reach a large number of African countries by applying the Barça Foundation's FutbolNet methodology, which uses sport as a tool for social inclusion thanks to its universal language and values.
Specifically, the Olympic values that are promoted among young Africans include friendship, excellence and respect, which are also shared by the FutbolNet methodology created by the Barça Foundation and which generates empowerment and opportunities among children who live in the most troubled countries.
COLLABORATION WITH THE OLYMPAFRICA FOUNDATION
Organising sports and socio-educational activities in rural areas of Africa
Each year, in association with the OlympAfrica Foundation, the directors of different community centres around Africa are trained in the Foundation's sports-based methodology for six months in order to organise extracurricular activities with all children aged 6 to 18 from their surrounding areas. These centres are usually located in rural areas where children have less access to resources.
There are currently 12 countries where the Barça Foundation’s methodology is being used on a regular basis and this number is increasing every year. The active centres are in Senegal, Mali, Burundi, Ivory Coast, Mozambique, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Gambia, Rwanda, Burkina Faso, Niger and Togo.
In each country, this methodology is used with the most popular sports in the region: korfball, volleyball, athletics, basketball, athletics and football, among others.
We have managed to reach a large number of countries on the African continent by applying a pedagogical methodology that is proving that the languages of football and values are universal
President of the International Olympic Committee
The application of FutbolNet in Africa is having a positive impact among young people as it teaches them values that will help them in their everyday lives and they have welcomed the project with open arms
Director General of the Olympafrica Foundation