Gothia Cup aims to be a meeting place for the world’s children and young people regardless of religion, skin color, culture or ethnicity. With football as the common denominator, we want to create meetings; Meetings that provide knowledge and leads to self-development both on and off the playing field here at home or abroad.
Gothia Cup Foundation is a collection of projects that Gothia Cup runs in order to give children and young people who otherwise would not have had the chance, the opportunity for educational and active recreation.
To engage in the child’s circumstances beyond the actual football and outside Sweden has always been an important part in the Gothia Cup. The Schools in Congo, Gothia Special Olympics Trophy and Meet the World with SKF are just an example of that.
As a Social Partner, you support the Gothia Cup Foundation with the motivation that the world can improve through football. Our Social Partners are socially and actively involved, for example by mentoring teams in the tournament. With focus on sustainability and community, our Social Partners contribute to the development of the Gothia Cup.
The fact that Gothia Cup is committed to children’s rights and opportunities is nothing new. Back in the late 90’s, the idea that the Gothia Cup should be a meeting place outside Gothenburg was born. In Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso, we built a football facility with fields, changing rooms and community centers. Over 1000 students played not only football, but also participated in social activities to learn about democracy, equality, and how to prevent HIV / Aids. Ten years ago we inaugurated along with Equmenia Church (former Swedish Mission Church), a similar school in Congo-Brazzaville. More than 3000 children from different ethnic groups have been able to meet and get a sanctuary beyond conflicts and civil wars.
Gothia Special Olympics Trophy provides young people with some form of developmental disabilities the same opportunity to participate in the World Youth Cup. The love of football is the common denominator for all of us. The Gothia Special Olympics Trophy is a co-operation between Gothia Cup, Special Olympics Europe/Eurasia, Special Olympics Sweden and of course our main sponsor, the Swedish national player Kim Källström.
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