Launch of “Football for Health”
With Swedish International Football Star, Jonas Olsson
For Children of Bapu School, Bhagwanpura
Breathe Easy India Foundation has partnered with Youth Football International (YFI) in launching ‘Football for Health” to empower over 200 under-privileged children in the age group of 8-14 years of Bapu School at Bhagwanpura, New Delhi. The Bapu School is supported by Al Noor Charitable Society under the guidance of Mrs. Salma Ansari, spouse of Hon’ble Vice President of India. To kick-off this special project, star Swedish footballer, Jonas Olsson will interact and inspire slum kids to play football on Friday, May 27. The long-term intent of Breathe Easy India is to use Football and other sports to foster holistic development of under-privileged children across Delhi, and to ensure that they remain healthy.
Welcoming this initiative Mrs. Ansari said “This wholesome initiative by Breathe Easy India and Youth Football International is a heart-warming step towards youth development and wellness that will in the near future mobilize the children and youth of Bhagwanpura towards healthy wholesome living for these kids who are often a victim of drug abuse. With the number of health and drug addiction problems increasing, we need to take such initiatives further by espousing a systematic approach for better health and fitness especially among children and the youth. We should feel proud of every contribution that we can make towards fostering a healthy society. On my part, I will continue my interactions with the children and youth of Bhagwanpura and with other marginalized communities that need a fillip in life.” The Al Noor Charitable Society founded in 1998, has been since doing charitable work by educating, empowering and enabling underprivileged marginalized communities.
Mrs. Ansari will launch ‘Football for Health’ in the presence of children of Bapu School, Breathe Easy India, Youth Football International and West Bromwich Albion Club officials. The children would interact with the visiting children and faculty of West Bromwich Albion club.
Managing Trustee of Breathe Easy India, Author and Clinical Psychologist, Aanchal Bhatia elaborated further on the objective of the tie-up, “We are extremely happy to facilitate this memorable project along with Youth Football International, Al Noor Charitable Society and Jonas Olsson for the children of Bapu School of Bhagwanpura. This project through ‘football for development approach’ in marginalized communities situated across Delhi will help to develop personal and socio-skills such as teamwork, leadership and confidence among children. We will also simultaneously take steps in the future to make them aware of key issues related to their overall health. The ultimate objective is to prepare strong and responsible citizens who would readily contribute to society in a holistic manner. Breathe Easy India will help design and execute a curriculum based on the socio-cultural messages that we want to impart through a play based experiential approach. We will fund the team and also provide complete football gear to the children.”
Breathe Easy India will offer a base curriculum of 20-25 sessions covering issues around the domain of health, hygiene, nutrition, active play, socio-emotional skills and leadership qualities. Youth Football International on its part will put forward a football based curriculum for the children. In addition to this, a top-up curriculum of 5-10 sessions will be designed based on the needs and requirements of the community. A selection process would be conducted to provide equal opportunity in participation for all under-privileged children interested in this Program of Excellence. Football training sessions would be given to the selected children and youth who will play matches with international club teams under the ‘Breathe Easy India’ banner.
According to Paul Schuttenbelt of Youth Football International, “Children will improve their fitness, hygiene and food habits as well as get an opportunity to play – a right as per the child rights convention. Moreover, they will play under the guidance of community youth leaders in a safe playfield. 30 children selected from local communities will be further groomed through a football specialized program that will do wonders for their general well-being and confidence.”
About Youth Football International:
Youth Football International Academy was founded and is managed by Gareth Conde and Paul Schuttenbelt, two European Expats living in Delhi for several years. Youth Football International (YFI) runs its academy like a typical European football club, focusing on the children and their development by offering a safe and fun environment for them to enjoy the beautiful game. It is Youth Football International’s aim to develop skilful and confident footballers in a child oriented environment.
About Breathe Easy India:
Breathe Easy India is India‘s first not for profit organization focused on creating a strong respiratory and health revolution. The CSR arm of the Uttam group of companies, Breathe Easy India is based in New Delhi and supports patients suffering from respiratory disorders and debilitating lung conditions such as COPD, asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, interstitial lung disease, bronchiectasis, cystic fibrosis, pulmonary hypertension and lung carcinoma. Breathe Easy India is working with patients, caregivers and family members to highlight the issues related to breathing ailments and possible ways to work towards positive change. Their social initiatives include creating respiratory support groups, developing play based interventions to change harmful social behaviors and giving access to global healthcare through innovative telemedicine solutions. Their constant endeavors are already creating awareness about the harmful effects of Smoke, Polluted Air and Bio Mass Fuel.
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