The Gothia Cup in Gothenburg, Sweden, is a fantastic football tournament and a great opportunity for young boys and girls from all around the world to meet new friends and learn, understand and respect each other’s culture and way of living. SKF is the main sponsor of this annual tournament that attracts more than 37 000 players, team leaders and parents from all over the world and is one of the largest events for young people in the world.
Meet the World – the road to Gothia Cup
Yet not all children can afford to travel to this tremendous event. In the SKF qualifying tournament Meet the World, children with fewer opportunities get a chance to experience the football party in Gothenburg. Each year, SKF makes it possible for over 20 Meet the World teams from different parts of the world to travel and participate in the Gothia Cup.
2 500 Meet the world players
SKF Meet the World qualifying tournaments are played in countries around the world where SKF is present today, and the local SKF units are taking care of the tournament in their own country. Since the beginning of SKF Meet the world in 2006, more than 2 500 players have participated in the event, from over 30 countries such as Austria, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mexico, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Spain, United Kingdom, USA and Zambia.
The Power of Football
For the players in the Meet the World teams, the journey and participation in the Gothia Cup is a memory for life.
Many of them have never been outside their own village before and now they fly halfway across the globe and get to meet new friends from all over the world. When they return home, they bring memories of great football achievements and stories about fascinating meetings with new friends from different countries and cultures.
A world party celebration
All the 20 Meet the World teams stay together in one location - at a school in Gothenburg during the tournament. They live, eat and play together. Every day there is always one Meet the World team that has a victory to celebrate. All the other teams join in and the school turns in to a world party celebration with dancing and singing.
More than football
The stay in Gothenburg is not just about football for the young players. Their visit also includes other activities like excursions to the great amusement park Liseberg and around the picturesque archipelago of Gothenburg. The players will also meet and train with some world-class players from Sweden, and some of the ‘Meet the World’ teams are also coupled with sister and brother teams from other countries during the tournament. They meet, exchange gifts and addresses and share memories, experiences and dreams with each other.
SKF Meet the World is a part of SKF Community Care
The SKF Care programme also includes Environment Care, Employee Care and Business Care.SKF Care defines the company approach. It incorporates the four fundamental cornerstones: business, the environment, employees and the community, which serve as critical factors by which we sustain our success and growth over the long-term.
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