A corresponding Letter of Intent was signed on 13 December between the United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP) and the Football Association (FA), which has been investing into developing, supporting and empowering a network of diverse young people, to lead and serve the needs of the modern game in the long-term.
The Football Association has collaborated with UNOSDP since 2014, where the FA participated inthe UNOSDP Youth Leadership Camp in Gwangju, Republic of Korea in 2014, along with UNAIDS, the International Swimming Federation, the Paralympic Committee, the World Taekwondo Federation and the International Table Tennis Federation.
Through its own Youth Leadership and Volunteering programme, the FA has been taking positive action to address the diversity imbalance in leadership roles by engaging young people and working to tackle wider social issues across a wide variety of communities. Recently, the FA has expanded its youth leadership function to focus on inspiring, empowering and enabling young people to have a trusted voice and influence at all levels of the game. The intention of this work has been to increase young peoples’ opportunity and capacity to shape and influence how football is delivered for their peers across local communities, working in partnership with adults.
From 2012 to 2014, as part of the FA Football Futures “Changing Lives” programme, the Football Association has delivered a leadership programme in Kigali, Rwanda. The initiative gave youth the opportunity to develop their leadership skills by delivering football activities to various African Leaders and School Children.
The partnership signed today will formalize and consolidate the relationship between the FA and UNOSDP. They will join hands in order to use sports as a tool for promoting development and peace, with specific regard to children and youth as well as leveraging synergies between the two organizations.