Sandro Rosell, Anthony Lake and Ramon Pont at UNICEF headquarters in New York / PHOTO: FC BARCELONA

FC Barcelona President, Sandro Rosell, and the executive director of UNICEF, Anthony Lake, met at UNICEF headquarters in New York to discuss the renewed alliance between the two entities. The agreement between UNICEF and FC Barcelona strengthens the Club's commitment to improving the lives of millions of children around the world through sports and education.

“We’re very proud of our work with UNICEF,” said the FC Barcelona president after the meeting. “This alliance helps us take the unifying power of sports and education to places in the world that need it most. Football and sports in general are very important tools that help us promote child development and build a just society,” he said.

Mr. Lake said that “FC Barcelona is a model of how to be big Club both on and off the pitch. This is a marvelous alliance that will directly and indirectly impact the lives of many children.”

The Club’s most recent work with UNICEF

UNICEF’s executive director visited the Camp Nou in May for an educational summit to talk about the importance of sports in the lives of children. 75 youngsters were present as well as the FC Barcelona Foundation vice-president, Ramon Pont, and the FC Barcelona player Marc Bartra.

In August of 2011, UNICEF and FC Barcelona organized a meet-and-greet for children in the Dallas-Fort Worth (USA) area and David Villa and Thiago Alcántara. The children got the opportunity to talk to the first team players about football, the values of sports and the alliance with UNICEF.

FC Barcelona contributes 1.5 million euros every year to UNICEF projects that support millions of children in four countries: Brazil, China, Ghana and South Africa. These projects are expected to train 5,000 teachers and coaches, in addition to the creation of the Child Friendly Schools program, which seeks implement athletic programs in the curriculum of schools. In addition, sports equipment will be distributed to schools and infrastructure improvements will be made for physical education and sports programs.