Copper Box Arena, London

Thursday 22nd November, 2018

 

Airways Aviation Academy has teamed up with sports charity ‘Football for Peace’ (FfP) Founders British Footballer Kashif Siddiqi and Chilean FIFA Legend Elia Figueroa, to support  #FootballSavesLives campaign, aimed at training the next generation of young leaders in how to harness a shared passion for football to bring together their local communities.

FfP will launch the #FootballSavesLives initiative, at a Peace Tournament, to be held on the 22nd November 2018 at the Copper Box Arena in London.  HRH Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge will participate in the event which will honor the Young Peace Leaders that have graduated from the City for Peace initiative this year from across the UK.

The new  #FootballSavesLives  programme aims to train 500 Peace Leaders by 2020 by working in conjunction with local councils, football clubs and schools to train young people aged 15-18 in how to unite their communities on and off the pitch, from running local football tournaments to organising classroom workshops to discuss the issues currently dividing their communities.

Romy Hawatt, Founder of the Airways Aviation Group and also a Founding Member of the Global Sustainability Network ( GSN ) says that  “business and governments alike carry a joint and several responsibilities to help create safe, tolerant and sustainable societies for the benefit of present and future generations. Worthy initiatives like #FootballSavesLives that contribute towards the empowerment of our youth, the promotion of self-determination, the encouragement of a peaceful community dialogue and the seeking of common ground between us through initiatives like #FootballSavesLives has our commendation and complete support”.

The peace tournament will bring together footballing ambassadors Wilfried Zaha, Mesut Ozil, Louis Saha, John Terry, Bacary Sagna, Lucas Perez and newly trained Young Peace Leaders who have already been through this programme to manage the teams branded as Equality, Diversity, Unity, Friendship, Dialogue from different schools across Newham.

On the day, HRH Prince William will attend a workshop on tolerance and team building, which will be delivered by FfP tutors and attended by Young Peace Leaders. His Royal Highness will then meet the charities Footballing Ambassadors and students who will all then take part in an activity which will break down a wall with footballs in a message against hate and violence to support the #FootballSavesLives campaign.

“With the #FootballSavesLives campaign, we want to encourage all football lovers and peace defenders to support our pledge to train the next generation of Young Peace Leaders to create more peaceful and tolerant communities across the UK. These schools in normal instance, hardly mix let alone play on same teams, the country needs more integration activities”, says FfP co-founder Kashif Siddiqi.

Adding to this, Arsenal player Mesut Ozil said “I am proud to support an initiative which brings people together in such divided times we are living in”.

 

 

 

Football for Peace: An overview of the charity

Football for Peace is a grassroots football movement with diplomatic impact, championing the power of the beautiful game to bring people of different ethnic and cultural backgrounds together on the pitch, while fostering understanding and tolerance of it. Supported by international personalities including Ronaldinho and The Duke of Cambridge, Football for Peace organises Peace Matches, one-off football matches held annually around the world to raise awareness of football diplomacy and promote a message of equality and peace. FfP also provides football and leadership training for youth from different faiths, cultures and backgrounds through a local community programme, Cities for Peace. Futbol Por La Paz (Football for Peace) was established in 2006 by FIFA and Chilean legend Elias Figueroa and co-founded Internationally in 2013 by British South Asian International Footballer, Kashif Siddiqi. More information on footballforpeaceglobal.org.

 

Airways Aviation Academy overview www.airwaysaviation.com

Airways Aviation is a global Aviation Pilot Training solutions provider for European, Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), Australian, Civil Aviation Safety Agency (CASA) and Montenegro Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Fixed Wing pilot licenses courses.It has established Pilot Training Academies across key locations in Oxford, United Kingdom, Huesca, Spain, Podgorica Montenegro, Gold Coast & Caloundra, Australia. Airways Aviation Head Quartered in Oxford, United Kingdom brings together a global network of singled owned aviation flight schools to offer flight training and an enhanced experience for aspiring pilots from locations around the world.

 

Global Sustainability Network overview http://gsngoal8.com

The Global Sustainability Network (GSN) is a platform that brings leaders and innovators from each respective sector (Business, Government, Community, Media & Faith) to achieve  Goal 8 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s). In a span of three years, the GSN has over 900 global changemakers from around the world. The GSN conducts four main events yearly located at the United Nations Head Quarters in New York, Lambeth Palace or House of Lords in London, The Vatican in Rome and Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

 

Event Partners

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EFI and Syncoms

Puma

Apco Worldwide

Soccerex

DCD Group

BT Sport

Airways Aviation

Diplomat

Social media

Twitter: @FfP_Global

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Media queries

For more information about Football for Peace or this campaign, please contact:

 

FOOTBALL FOR PEACE

info@ffpglobal.org

0207324 2025

info@ffpglobal.org

 

 

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