Barça Foundation named 'Foundation of the Year' by Peace & Sport in Monaco

FC Barcelona and Barça Foundation first vice-president collected the award at an event held in Monaco. The annual international awards celebrate those organisations and persons who have contributed to peace and dialogue through sport.

The work of the Barça Foundation was recognised at the 10th edition of the Peace & Sport Awards, as it received the prize for ‘Foundation of the Year’ for its work -especially for the support and aid project for refugees. This project is financed and features complete collaboration from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.

First vice-president of FC Barcelona and the Barça Foundation, Jordi Cardoner, accompanied by Barça Foundation director general, Maria Vallès, collected the award at an event in Monte Carlo, presided over by Prince Albert II of Monaco.

This recognition for the Barça Foundation highlights its work in the promotion of the protection and psycho-social support of children and young people who are refugees, and the undertaking of projects to improve the quality of life of those infants and adolescents, increasing the prevention and resolution of conflicts and improving inclusion and social integration.

Peace & Sports is an independent organisation with its headquarters in the Principality of Monaco, promoted by Prince Albert II. It works in areas around the world where communities have become distanced and traditional politics has not been able to establish dialogue, with the aim of reestablishing pacific relations. Its objective is to apply the structuring values of sport to the heart of these communities, and to people in crisis throughout the world.

This edition of the awards also saw nominations for the German Football Foundation and the PSG Foundation. The German contribution was the "Willkommen im fussball" (‘Welcome to Football’) initiative, through which they organise weekly training sessions and football tournaments with the aim of socially integrating young refugees. The PSG - Paris Saint-Germain Foundation was nominated thanks to its commitment to helping children in the most vulnerable neighbourhoods, integrating young people socially and professionally and giving support to those especially in need.

Peace & Sport International Forum

The Peace & Sports awards form part of the Annual International Forum, the most important event promoting peace in the world of sport. The Forum brings together over 600 representatives of businesses and institutions from over 110 countries, including heads of state, Nobel Peace Prize winners, government sporting organisations and high level athletes, as well as international organisations. charities and academics.

This year, Jordi Cardoner was one of the speakers at the Forum, participating in a roundtable discussion on social inclusion in childhood and sport’s capacity to combat these situations -especially in urban environments. In the session, moderated by Yasir Kahn, head of productions for Al Jazeera, TAleb Rifai, Secretary General of the Afghan Women’s Football Team, and  Fatuma Adan, Founder of the Horn of Africa Development Initiative, Cardoner spoke about the Foundations action initiatives through personal stories.

Prince Albert II of Monaco reception

The first vice-president of Barça and the Director General of the Foundation were welcomed this afternoon for an official audience with Prince Albert II of Monaco at the royal palace. As a gift, the prince was given a Barça shirt with his name on it, and two smaller shirts for his children.

Peace & Sport Awards

The Peace & Sports awards celebrated its tenth edition at an international gala, in which eleven awards were given to exceptional initiatives that promote peace through sport.

In the Foundation of the Year award, the prize is given to a convincing initiative that promotes peace and social conscience through sport.

Quotes from Jordi Cardoner

“Receiving an international prize of such prestige for the work carried out by the Barça Foundation is recognition that will help us to keep working with even more excitement and intensity over the coming years. We are currently working in 53 countries around the world and have more than a million beneficiaries. In the case of our project with infants and young refugees, we are addressing one of the worst humanitarian crises this century. Our direct interventions with children and young refugees, with the support of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, demonstrates every day that we can transform and help their situation through sport, values and our presence.”