Football For Life: Tacloban Project Shortlisted in Beyond Sports Awards 2015

F4L Kids
Play. Believe. Achieve : F4L kids with their new jerseys.

Beyond Sport recently announced the Official Shortlist for the Beyond Sport Awards 2015, supported by Comic Relief. Among the 36 finalist, only Football for Life: Tacloban made it from the Philippines.

F4L Kids
Play. Believe. Achieve : F4L kids with their new jerseys.

Selected from over 350 entries reaching 60 different countries, the shortlist represents the standout and unique work being done by organisations across the globe. The 36 nominated initiatives will be invited to the Beyond Sport Summit 2015, with their travel and accommodation provided, where the winners will be announced at the prestigious Awards Ceremony on the second day of the event.

Taking place in London from Monday 19th October to Wednesday 21st October, the seventh annual Beyond Sport Summit will bring together the world of sport, business, government and community development with a powerful and timely theme: Beyond The Divide, which addresses how sport can be used to reduce ignorance, discrimination and exclusion.

Football for Life : Tacloban (F4L) project is a year old project by FundLife International. The organisation entered Tacloban City, six months after Super-Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda). After the immediate relief and recovery effort, there was a need to rebuild more than just structures and services. The organisation wanted to restore hope, a sense of identity and belonging to the children survivors.

In the project, Football is used as a medium for play therapy. Fundlife International with the help of local coaches from Leyte Football Association provide psycho-social support for the children, a service that is often overlooked in post-disaster areas. With every play session, children learn positive core values fundamental to team building, camaraderie and co-operation in a fun and captivating way. The best players are sent off to compete in different local cups as a motivation for their hardwork and in hopes of landing educational scholarships.

The project is now on its second year of implementation with the aid of funding partner UNICEF. Fundlife International aims to replicate the success in Tacloban to nearby areas in Leyte and Samar that was also hit by Typhoon Yolanda.

The Beyond Sport Awards promote, support and reward the best projects across the globe that are using sport for positive social change. Since 2009, Beyond Sport has awarded over $4million worth of business support and funding has been made available to over 150 winning projects for their innovations and impact through sport.

The shortlisted entries from each category receive a bespoke business support package with opportunities for business mentoring and become members of an influential group of social entrepreneurs in the sporting and financial sphere.

The winners of six of the categories addressing social issues including health, social inclusion, education, new project, and conflict resolution receive funding from the Beyond Sport Foundation, courtesy of Comic Relief.

Fundlife International hopes that this international recognition for their project will bolster the development of sports for social impact in the country.

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