On 6-9th December 2018, the province of Cebu will host the Generation Amazing National Festival/Sama-Sama Games, a sports and education festival bringing together over 600 children and youth from across the Philippines.
Through play, they will advocate for greater inclusivity and opportunity for all. The festival is powered by Generation Amazing, a football-focused corporate social development programme of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, Qatar’s delivery and legacy authority for the 2022 FIFA World Cup™.
The festival, organized and hosted by FundLife, a locally-based organization founded after Typhoon Yolanda, and working with its local Cebu-based partner, Giuseppe Football Club, carries the theme “We are all ONE” – using sport as a level playing field to bring together youth from both the underserved and the more advantageous communities, uniting them through dignity and equality.
“Sport and football in particular, is incredibly powerful at bringing polarized youth together and empowering them to dream big. We’re excited about bring this festival to the province of Cebu, where educational access can lead to legitimate employment opportunities for so many young people,” Marko Kasic, FundLife Founder and managing director, says.
To promote gender equality and increase community participation, there will be 9 different categories from Under 7’s to Under 18’s for the festival with over 250 female players taking part. Unlike traditional football tournaments, the Generation Amazing Festival/Sama Sama Games promotes equal opportunity through harmony, dignity and equality by having 36 trophies up for grabs for the 72 teams joining – increasing participation and opportunity for all players, regardless of skill.
The festival will also celebrate the launch of the Community Football Girls League to promote greater access to sport and education for girls living in at-risk communities.
The action kicks-off on the 6th of December with 24 young leaders from underserved communities in Manila, Davao and Tacloban, flying to Cebu for a two-day educational and training seminar before they join the 72-team Futsal tournament on the 9th of December. The festival concludes with a special performance from local community dance groups. (PR)