Zambia’s Sport in Action (SIA) has qualified to take part in the Football for Hope Festival to be held in Russia in June 2018.
The festival is an official event of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia which will run from June 14, 2018 – July 15, 2018, and will also be a highlight for the Football for Hope movement and demonstrates the power of the game both on and off the pitch.
World football governing body FIFA’s Football for Hope Programme Manager Irina Schlossarek – Dhowtalut, confirmed the Zambian organisation’s participation at the 2018 event following the qualification process for the Festival which resulted in over 100 applications from all over the world.
Dhowtalut said the festival which will be held during the World Cup will be a milestone event for Football for Hope and the entire development through Football community and Sport in Action was best suited to successfully take part in the event.
“The Festival will have a special focus on the host country (Russia), in terms of participants and programme, complemented by the cultural diversity of organisations from all over the world. As a leader in this field, and following your strong application, we are excited by the prospect of your delegation’s contribution to the Festival,” said Dhowtalut.
SIA Executive Director Frankson Mushindu said the qualification to the festival was no mean achievement, and pledged to ensure that Zambia’s development agenda through effective participation in sport is highlighted on the international stage.
“This recognition shows our commitment to helping improve young people’s lives though sport, and through the festival, we shall ensure that we help in raising meaningful and productive young people for the benefit of the communities where they live in,” Mushindu said.
He added that the festival was a perfect opportunity for SIA to enhance its advocacy tools of ensuring that education, gender based violence, and equal participation are tackled through sport, and it was exciting that FIFA had recognised SIA as an organisation using football as a tool for social change