The Chinese Football Association (CFA) successfully conducted a two-day ‘Dream China’ social responsibility programme, which concluded in the city of Shanghai, China on Wednesday, May 23.
With assistance from the AFC Social Responsibility unit, CFA has continued to implement social development programmes using football as a compelling tool in China by collaborating with local clubs, non-governmental organisations (NGO), as well as international NGOs and government agencies.
The first day of the programme focused on providing 60 community coaches and representatives from NGOs practical and theoretical sessions, which followed the module of Character Education led by local instructors.
Shanghai Football Association President Zhu Guanghu, who gave the opening speech, applauded AFC for its continuous social responsibility activities across Asia, as well as in China.
He also thanked CFA for hosting the event and pledged to encourage clubs to engage in the community activities.
Gwendolyn Pang, the Project Manager of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Country Cluster Support Team, said the partnership with the AFC and CFA has been valuable.
Concurrently, Shanghai IFRC conducted a First Aid workshop for the participants, which was part of the AFC-IFRC collaboration.
The final day of the social responsibility programme was organised for 80 children, also at the Shanghai Sports School, with a variety of activities, such as a simplified First Aid demonstration and field activities that were assisted by student volunteers from Shanghai University.
CFA also donated 5,000 RMB to the China Administration of Sports for People with Disabilities, additionally, CFA partners Titan Sports and Vanke Group contributed in providing training attires and equipment.
The children had the chance to meet Shanghai Shenhua players and Chinese football legends, who motivated them to practice a healthy lifestyle by balancing their time with studies and sports.