Young Participants of Football for Friendship to get acquainted at International Friendship Camp in Madrid

Young Participants of the final events of the Seventh Season of the Gazprom International Children's Social Programme Football for Friendship will get acquainted with each other in the International Friendship Camp in Madrid on May 29-30 and train using the humanitarian and sports programme.

During the lessons at the Nine Values School, Young Participants will create joint projects dedicated to the values of Football for Friendship. They will also attend lectures and workshops from famous athletes, journalists, and experts in other fields. In particular, the famous British artist Bill Asprey will share his knowledge with the children. Bill is the illustrator of the famous comics series "Love is..." and the mascots of Football for Friendship: dog Freddy and cat Freida. He will help Young Participants of Football for Friendship to master the basics of illustrating.

"I have been participating in the events of the programme for several years, and every year the wonderful atmosphere of the International Friendship Camp amazes me. Here I always see children opening their heart to each other with great joy. When I see Young Participants of the programme learn and train together, I start to believe in a happy and peaceful future full of incredible creativity and discoveries that lie in front of them," says Bill Asprey.

Young Players will train for the 2019 Football for Friendship World Championship in the camp. The composition of mixed International Teams of Friendship will be determined during the Open Draw.

Acknowledged professionals of the football world and participants of the previous seasons of the programme that have already started their successful careers will conduct training for the Young Players. Luca Markovic the player of the Juventus FC Academy, participant of the F4F Second Season together with Gocha Gogrichiani the player of Rostov FC U-21, participant of the First Season will share their experience with the Young Participants.

"Ever since I found out I will be playing in the Football for Friendship World Championship, I have been looking forward to meeting with my teammates. It will be so interesting to get to know children from other countries and love football as much as me. We will only have two days to get acquainted, adjust our styles to fit each other, and become a real team. I have no doubt that the training in the International Friendship Camp will help me perfect my technique, and the teamwork skills," says Francesco Caprio, a 12-year-old Young Player from Italy.

Sports journalists of the world's leading media will conduct workshops for the Young Journalists working at the Football for Friendship International Children's Press Center. This season, Young Journalists will work together with professional journalists and create their first materials about the programme under their guidance. The International Children's Press Center works in four main directions: Young Journalists create news, photo and video content, as well as posts for blogs and social media.

The final events of the Football for Friendship programme will take place in Madrid from May 28 up to June 02. The International Football for Friendship Forum and the Football for Friendship World Championship will become the central events with the World Championship Final held in the very heart of Madrid – on the UEFA Pitch in the Plaza Mayor square. On June 1, the participants of the programme will visit the 2019 UEFA Champions League Final at Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid.



The International Children’s Social Programme Football for Friendship has been implemented by Gazprom since 2013. The key values promoted by the programme's participants are friendship, equality, fairness, health, peace, devotion, victory, traditions, and honour. Football for Friendship is supported by the UEFA, FIFA, International Olympic Committee, football federations of different countries, children’s international charity funds, famous athletes, and the leading football clubs of the world. For the previous seasons, the programme has brought more than 6 thousand participants together and acquired over 5 million followers including famous athletes, artists, and politicians.


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