Football and education at the heart of the signing of a historic convention in Paris

  • The President of FIFA is received by the Minister for National Education, Youth and Sport

  • France is the first European country to sign an agreement on ‘football for schools’

  • “We are proud that you are taking part in this project,” emphasizes Gianni Infantino

FIFA President Gianni Infantino was in Paris on Friday 8 April to sign an agreement between FIFA and France aimed at strengthening football’s place in schools. He was presented by the Minister for National Education, Youth and Sport, Jean-Michel Blanquer, accompanied by the President of the French Football Federation (FFF), Noël le Graët, and Olivier Girault, Director of the L National Union of School Sport (UNSS).

This convention is part of Football for Schools, an ambitious FIFA program in collaboration with UNESCO that aims to contribute to the development of millions of children and young people around the world by promoting the presence of football in the education system.

This program is based on three main axes:

  • a free digital application (Football for Schools);

  • an e-learning platform with educational content;

  • the provision of equipment, in particular balloons.

FRANCE, PARIS - APRIL 08: FIFA President Gianni Infantino during the signing ceremony of the Convention between FIFA - FFF - Ministry of National Education, Youth and Sport - UNSS on April 8, 2022 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Aurelien Meunier - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

“It is my pleasure to be here to sign this agreement between the French Government, UNSS, FFF and FIFA to work together as a team for the most important game: that of the future and the education of our young people”, explained Gianni Infantino before welcoming the presence of students from the François Villon school complex (Paris) who took part in the event.

“We are proud that you are taking part in this Football for Schools project, which is very important to us because we believe that sport can help make our girls and boys better people and give them core values ​​for their To convey life,” continued the president of world football’s governing body, before emphasizing football’s role in effectively conveying health and prevention messages to young people.

“France is the first country in Europe to support this Football for Schools project,” recalled President Infantino. “We have no intention of teaching the French how to play football, they are already world champions,” he smiled. “But we have the ambition to work with you to support the extraordinary work you are already doing by bringing FIFA’s international experience and glory to you.

FRANCE, PARIS - APRIL 08: French Minister of National Education, Youth and Sport Jean-Michel Blanquer (R) with students during the signing ceremony of the convention between FIFA - FFF - Ministry of National Education, Youth and Sport - UNSS on April 8th 2022 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Aurelien Meunier - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

“The importance of football at the UNSS is growing and I am very proud that it is growing with the women. There’s also futsal, that all-touch football that plays an incubator role that’s so important for football,” responded Olivier Girault. “I have told President Infantino how much FIFA is an incredible brand for all young students and that we need to communicate as much as possible about it to encourage young girls and boys to go back to school. ‘US’. “Your work is exceptional. Football and schools need to work even more closely together,” said Noël Le Graët. “Thanks to this program, the universities will benefit from more human and material resources and the French FA can only be pleased that the school is more open to football, both from a sporting and educational point of view. This program will allow our young people to train in ideal conditions”.

FRANCE, PARIS - APRIL 08: UNSS National Director Olivier Girault during the signing ceremony of the convention between FIFA - FFF - Ministry of National Education, Youth and Sport - UNSS on April 8, 2022 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Aurelien Meunier - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

For his part, Jean-Michel Blanquer extolled the virtues of “this universal, simple and unifying sport, capable of leading the world towards the goals that are also those of the Republic and of schools: fraternity, but also liberty and equality”. “The basic values ​​of football are team spirit and self-control,” the minister continued. “Football is meant to help us connect with school. We want children and young people to have a healthy mind in a healthy body, to go to school to express the diversity of their talents, and to me what’s happening today makes a lot of sense in that.” “This year will there will be the World Cup which will coincide with other major sporting events. In a complicated world where war, epidemic, prospects are not always rosy and where sport brings us hope, peace and strength. This convention is here to enable us say,” concluded Mr. Blanquer.

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