Generation Amazing National Festival/Sama Sama Games 2018— PRESS RELEASE
"Using sports to bring together youth and promote greater educational opportunity for all."
On 6-9th December 2018, the province of Cebu will host the Generation Amazing National Festival/Sama-Sama Games, a sports and education festival bringing together over 600 children and youth from across the Philippines.
Through play, they will advocate for greater inclusivity and opportunity for all. The festival is powered by Generation Amazing, a football-focused corporate social development programme of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, Qatar’s delivery and legacy authority for the 2022 FIFA World Cup™.
The festival, organised and hosted by FundLife, a locally-based organisation founded after Typhoon Yolanda, and working with it’s local Cebu based partner, Giuseppe Football Club, carries the theme “We are all ONE” – using sport as a level playing field to bring together youth from both the underserved and the more advantageous communities, uniting them through dignity and equality.
“Sport and football in particular, is incredibly powerful at bringing polarised youth together and empowering them to dream big. We’re excited about bring this festival to the province of Cebu, where educational access can lead to legitimate employment opportunities for so many young people,” Marko Kasic, FundLife Founder and managing director, says.
To promote gender equality and increase community participation, there will be 9 different categories from Under 7’s to Under 18’s for the festival with over 250 female players taking part. Unlike traditional football tounrmanets, the Generation Amazing Festival/Sama Sama Games promotes equal opportunity through harmony, dignity and equality by having 36 trophies up for grabs for the 72 teams joining – increasing participation and opportunity for all players, regardless of skill.
The festival will also celebrate the launch of the Community Football Girls League to promote greater access to sport and education for girls living in at-risk communities.
The action kicks-off on the 6th of December with 24 young leaders from underserved communities in Manila, Davao and Tacloban, flying to Cebu for a two-day educational and training seminar before they join the 72-team Futsal tournmanet on the 9th of December. The festival concludes with a special performance from local community dance groups.
If your organisation is interested to be part of the event or supporting the development of sport and education in Cebu, please email FundLife firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.fundlife.org for more information about the organisation’s work.
Generation Amazing is the football-focused corporate social development programme of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, Qatar’s delivery and legacy authority for the 2022 FIFA World Cup™. The programme empowers young leaders to create positive change in their communities using the power of football. The countries in which the programme is delivered include Qatar’s regional neighbours as well as countries that represent the populations that live and work in Qatar. The long-term goals of the Generation Amazing programme are to empower 1 Million of these young people and to transform 50 communities in Asia and the Middle East.
FundLife is the multi-awarded youth-led Philippine-based non-profit, non-government organisation (NGO) that uses play and sport to cultivate self-directed learning among the children and youth from the most disadvantaged and at-risk communities. It’s vision is to give all children, regardless of where they are from, an opportunity to reach their full potential.
Conducting classroom-to-field learning sessions and community-led games with child survivors in Tacloban since 2014, FundLife has directly impacted over 15,000 children and conducted capacity building for over 500 community leaders and DepEd teachers. FundLife is a receipient of the FIFA Football for Hope SCR Programme and is a Street Football World member, a global network of over 100 NGOs using using sports as a tool for social development.