2012 “Meet the World” in China
With the successful cooperation of SKF and the China Youth Development Foundation in 2011, the two sides will continue to expand the ‘Project Hope youth football tournament’ with more extensive and intensive cooperation.
In alignment with its commitment to continually help the rural primary schools in western China to develop their football activities, SKF made a donation to the China Youth Development Foundation to jointly establish the “SKF ‘Meet the world’ Project Hope youth football special foundation” in March. The funds will be used to support the SKF “Meet the World” Project Hope youth football tournament, which targets rural schools in China. SKF provides financial assistance to the schools of the top ten teams in the tournament, and helps the schools to organize and implement football training and events.
On April 20th, the “SKF ‘Meet the World’ Project Hope youth football tournament” was held in Beijing Sport University and was hosted by China Youth Development Foundation (CYDF). SKF is the title sponsor of the tournament, in which twenty teams from rural schools and migrant children's schools in 16 western provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions participated.Mr. Tu Meng, Secretary General of the CYDF, Mr. Erik Nelander, President of SKF China and Mr. Jakob Kiefer, Deputy Head of Swedish Embassy, attended the pre-match press conference and made speeches about this commonweal tournament. Mr. Tu Meng extended his heartfelt thanks to SKF for its long-term contribution to the youth sport activities of rural poverty-stricken regions in China and appealed for more enterprises to participate in projects that improve the educational environment for young people in poverty-stricken regions. During the opening ceremony of the tournament, Mr. He Junke, secretary of Central Committee of the Communist Youth League Secretariat, and Mr. Jakob Kiefer, Deputy Head of the Swedish Embassy, kicked off the beginning of the first match in the “SKF ‘Meet the World’ Project Hope youth football tournament”, encouraging the young players to enjoy the game and develop their skills.
Through two days of fierce competition, the boys’ team from Xia Tulufanyuzi Shadekejiang Shakeaji Hope School, Yining County, and the girls’ team from Jietearele Central Primary School, Fuhai County, won the tournament championships, representing mainland China as Project Hope teams in the Gothia Cup - the world’s largest youth football tournament, in Sweden in July. Both of the championship-winning teams have competed with other teenage players from all over the world and achieved great results in the championship finals. The two representatives from the Project Hope teams were selected to join people from 72 nationalities, who successfully set a new Guinness World Record for the “Most nationalities on a theme park ride”. Each of them received a certificate of participation after disembarking and can now proclaim to be a World Record Holder. In addition, the two teams were also invited to visit the Consulate General of China in Gothenburg to celebrate their achievements with other teams from China.
As the title sponsor of the project, SKF is honored to provide this opportunity for talented rural Chinese students to communicate with peers from all around the world and SKF will continue to provide practical support to promote football events in rural areas, expanding SKF Care to more communities in China