ONE TEAM ambassadors visit programme at CP Quatre Camins

Oriola, Pustovyi, Niang and De La Fuente visit the beneficiaries of the joint programme run by the Barça Foundation and the Euroleague

09/04/2019

Tuesday is basketball day at the Quatre Camins Juvenile Penitentiary Centre in La Roca del Vallès, located just 30 kilometers from the centre of Barcelona. This Tuesday, however, the beneficiaries of the One Team programme altered their usual activity for the visit of five Barça ambassadors.

 

Barça Lassa players Oriola and Pustovyi, Magatte Niang -a Barça CBS B player and representative of Barça Women's basketball team- and former FC Barcelona player Rodrigo de la Fuente had the opportunity to visit the Penitentiary Centre.

 

The members of the programme are young people between the ages of 18 and 21 who are in a specific, less rigid routine with special attention, as they are in an age range in which they are establishing their own personalities.

 

The ONE TEAM programme: Values through basketball

 

The ONE TEAM programme is a social responsibility project which is developed jointly by the Barça Foundation and the Euroleague. Regular training comes in the form of 2 hours of weekly sessions, using the FutbolNet methodology. This method of social impact, developed by the Barça Foundation, focuses on values that prove useful on and off the pitch.

 

Pierre Oriola, Barça Lassa player and ONE TEAM ambassador:

“It’s been a very good experience. It helps you to value the life that you have, and how lucky you are to be able to play basketball for a living. I think that it has also been very good for them, because they have enjoyed sport and its values.”

 

Magatte Niang, Barça CBS “B” player and ONE TEAM ambassador:

“It was very positive, I had never been to a centre like it and I thought that the people inside would be more aggressive; on the contrary -I think it has been a very enriching experience for both the beneficiaries and for us.”

 

Rodrigo De La Fuente, ONE TEAM ambassador:

“This program is having a great impact on the boys, and improvements in behaviour and conduct have already been observed. It is very enriching to see people in these contexts so motivated to do these activities. It is very important that the Barça Foundation and the Euroleague work together to offer these initiatives.”

 

Marta Piquè, ONE TEAM coordinator:

“For young people, meeting these ambassadors is a unique experience. It motivates them to continue playing and taking advantage of the ONE TEAM programme. Few people have the possibility to interact with the players and this also helps them greatly in terms of their self-esteem.”