UNITING THE WORLD
“Football has the power to unite the people. It has given me an opportunity and taught me universal values of Friendship and Unity” – Ronaldinho
Brazilian footballing legend Ronaldinho recently enthralled football fans in Kozhikode, Kerala, during the inauguration of the Sait Nagjee International Football Cup. The invitational tournament is being revived after a gap of two decades, by Football for Peace, which facilitated Ronaldinho’s arrival to India.
Football for Peace Global (FfPG) launched the ‘City for Peace’ in Kozhikode, India on 25th of January 2016: The Brazilian icon Ronaldinho alongside the UK FCO are supporting the project to make Kozhikode a ‘City For Peace’ by empowering young girls in the region.
The global pilot project was launched in the presence of 3,000 school girls and eminent citizens in a glittering ceremony held in Nadakkavu Girls School. For many years, culturally, women in South Asia have found themselves with less opportunities and forced to make life-defining decisions at a young age. With the Football for Peace process now underway in Kozhikode, the charity aims to tackle those mindsets and empower these young Ambassadors as they will be the voice of the future.
Hundreds of football fans turned up as the Brazilian football legend Ronaldinho inaugurated the Sait Nagjee Cup football tournament commencing from February 5. Ronaldinho handed over the Nagjee trophy to the organisers to mark the inauguration of the tournament, to be played from February 5-21, at a civic reception hosted to honour him at the Kozhikode beach today. The trophy was handed over to him by Sait Nagjee’s family at the function. Although the tournament will commence only from February 5, the inaugural ceremony has been advanced to suit Ronaldinho’s convenience, according to the organisers of the tournament.
The former Barcelona and AC Milan player is the brand ambassador of the Nagjee International Football Club tournament. “Football has the power to unite the people. It has given me an opportunity and taught me universal values of Friendship and Unity,” Ronaldinho said in a press release. I am supporting the work carried out by Football for Peace Global and am proud to be the Guest of Honour of Nagjee International Club Football tournament and becoming a Footballer for Peace”.
The organisations came together to provide Kozhikode, Kerala, with an experience that will long live in the memories of the both local and national people. The theme of the tournament centred around uniting 8 teams from 8 differing nations, creating a sense of peace as they come together in a football tournament that unites people of different communities. Post-tournament Football for Peace will deliver a Legacy Programme dedicated to the youth of different areas surrounding Kerala, promoting cultural exchange and peace between the various communities.
The Legacy Programme was hosted under the Patronage of Brazilian world cup winner Ronaldinho and Co-Founder of Football for Peace Kashif Siddiqi, announcing Kozhikode as a new FFP ‘City for Peace’.
Following the recent success of our first ‘City for Peace’ in Birmingham, United Kingdom, we have partnered with the Kozhikode District Football Association (KDFA) to deliver a legacy following the same principles in India. This will see new Youth Ambassadors take initiative in their respected towns and unite children from surrounding areas, following tailored bespoke workshops empowering the Ambassadors.
Information on the tournament
Kozhikode District Football Association and Football for Peace Global, united 8 teams from 8 differing nations, creating a sense of peace as they come together.
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