The Opening of “SKF ‘Meet the World’ Project Hope youth football tournament”
2012 April 24, 13:59
Hosted by China Youth Development Foundation (CYDF), today (April 20th) “SKF ‘Meet the World’ Project Hope youth football tournament” was held in Beijing Sport University. SKF is the title sponsor of the tournament. Twenty teams from rural schools and migrant children's schools in 16 western provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions participated in this tournament.
During the opening ceremony of the tournament, Mr. He Junke, secretary of Central Committee of Communist Youth League Secretariat, and Mr. Jakob Kiefer, Deputy Head of Swedish Embassy, kicked off for the beginning of the first match in “SKF ‘Meet the World’ Project Hope youth football tournament”, encouraging the young players to enjoy the game and growth heartily. The distinguished guests from both Chinese and Swedish sides cheered for the young players from rural areas.
During the pre-match press conference, Mr. Tu Meng, Secretary General of CYDF, Mr. Erik Nelander, President of SKF China and Mr. Jakob Kiefer, Deputy Head of Swedish Embassy, made introduction and speeches on this commonweal tournament. Mr. Tu Meng extended heartfelt thanks to SKF for its long-term contribution to the youth sport activities of rural poverty-stricken regions in China and appealed more enterprises to participate in the improvement projects of educational environment for the youth in poverty-stricken regions.
It was reported that the two sides elected commonly a Guizhou Hope School team to participate in the Gothia Cup, the world's largest youth football tournament held in Gothenburg, Sweden in July 2011, hoping that the team can play football with young people from other countries and learn from each other in the tournament. As the extensive and intensive practice of the two sides’ commonweal cooperation last year, the tournament aimed at constantly helping the rural primary schools in western China to develop their football activities. Financial aid (RMB 30,000) from “SKF ‘Meet the World’ Project Hope youth football special foundation” will be given to the top ten teams in the tournament, helping the schools to organize and implement football training and events. In addition, with the financial assistance from SKF China, the winning teams (one boys’ team and one girls’ team) can participate in the Gothia Cup, the world's largest youth football tournament held in Gothenburg, Sweden in this July.
“SKF entered China as early as 1912. In 2012 SKF will celebrate its own 100th anniversary in a unique way, such as establishing a special foundation. SKF has long term commitment in sustainable development of China through a number of SKF Care events. The cooperation between SKF and CYDF aims at creating a communication platform for the children on an equal footing,” said Mr. Erik Nelander, President of SKF China.
In March, 2012, SKF made a donation to the China Youth Development Foundation to commonly establish “SKF ‘Meet the world’ Project Hope youth football special foundation”, and the funds will be used to support SKF “Meet the World” Project Hope youth football tournament which targets at rural schools in China, to financially assist the schools of top ten teams in the tournament, and to help the schools to organize and implement football training and events.
Beijing, 20 April, 2012