The Sport for Refuge project, of the Fútbol Más Foundation together with the Spanish Commission for Refugee Aid (CEAR) and the Real Betis Balompié Foundation, has joined FutboLISTAS to commemorate 8M through inclusive sport. The activity, which took place at the Bellavista Sports Center of the Municipal Sports Institute (IMD), included the participation of 30 girls and boys from the “Deporte Por Refugio” project in the Torreblanca neighbourhood, as well as 30 girls participating in the bilingual women’s soccer project in Seville, FutboLISTAS.
4 women linked to the world of sport also joined this social sports day, which began at 5:00 p.m.: the Real Betis Féminas soccer players, Rosa Márquez and Ángela Sosa; Lara Fernández, muay thai world champion; and Mônica Espiridao, representative of the World Football Summit. Their interventions have been especially relevant since they have collaborated as ambassadors of this initiative “The ball has no gender”. In this way, the athletes have played a prominent role during the activity, energizing and directing the four teams made up of 60 boys and girls and promoting the inclusive values that characterize the “Sport for Refuge” project.
Celebrate equality in sport
Representatives of Fútbol Más España, CEAR and Fundación Real Betis Balompié attended the event, which was held thanks to the support that the project also receives from the UEFA Foundation for Children. In the words of Aitor Hernández, executive director of Fútbol Más España: “The objective this afternoon has been to celebrate equality in sport. From Deporte por Refugio and FutboLISTAS, we truly believe that soccer can transform the reality of girls, offer them a safe space where they can enjoy and develop on equal terms.”
The deputy mayor delegate of the Public Cleaning and Education Area, María Luisa Gómez Castaño and the general director of Education, Eva Maria Contreras Cáceres, attended this conference, showing their support for the initiative, which also had the presence of representatives of UNHCR Spain and Fundación la Caixa.
Sport for Refuge
Sport for Refuge is a project that seeks to promote the well-being and inclusion of boys and girls in vulnerable situations and refugees in Seville. It is coordinated by Fútbol Más España, the Real Betis Balompié Foundation and the Spanish Commission for Refugee Aid (CEAR). In its first edition, it has had the support of the UEFA Foundation for Children, as well as the “la Caixa” Foundation, through CaixaBank, and the international organization Common Goal.