On 25 August another edition of the FutbolNet Festival was held in the Vila Olímpica da Maré sports complex in Río de Janeiro.
The event forms part of a program currently being run by Fundación FC Barcelona, which offers educational support through sports to children at risk of social exclusion. Fundación MAPFRE has been backing this project since 2011.
The festival's main activities were the soccer matches held in three halves on twelve pitches, and which underpin the educational model for the project. During these matches a number of rules of conduct are introduced: you cannot insult other players or commit serious fouls and should also abide by a number of other rules agreed on between everyone taking part.
In addition, they ran activities based on the project's core values: humility, making an effort, overcoming obstacles, respect and team work. The children also got to enjoy extra activities: soap soccer, an inflatable slide, a goal-shooting game, ping pong…while the adults enjoyed gym and zumba classes.
The goal of the festival, in addition to providing a safe and secure recreational space is to continue publicizing and consolidating the FutbolNet program throughout the Maré Community, together with families and neighbors, with the help of this event and by means of a number of educational and enjoyable activities for the beneficiaries.
“The festival went very well indeed, above all in terms of participation given that we exceeded our goal and welcomed more than 700 children and approximately 200 adults. We all enjoyed a fun day for the community, we are very pleased”, stated the Fundación FC Barcelona.