04 - 06 April 2014
Since August 2013 the German Olympic Sports Confederation, the German Federal Foreign Office and the German Football Association have been promoting football in the Philippines. The aim of sport expert Thomas Roy is to strengthen the sports structures in the Philippines in the long-term, to pass on new training methods and to train coaches and teachers to communicate their skills and knowledge.
On the occasion of the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace on April 6th Thomas Roy has organized a football festival in Zamboanga City. In cooperation with the Department of Education, the Philippine Football Federation and Zamboanga FA, about 500 kids got the opportunity to attend a 3-day football camp where they learned new football skills, made new friends and had fun together.
In Zamboanga City conflicts often occur between different religious groups. There are many problems and brutal fights, but there are also many people living peacefully together. The football-festival for 500 kids, aged 6 to 16, from 4th to 6th of April was another idea to promote an open minded environment and motivate people to accept each other regardless of the religious background.