SKF launches 2013 Meet the World youth football tournament

SKF Meet the World teams
SKF Meet the World teams

2013 February 21, 10:00 CET

SKF’s extensive Meet the World football program and partnership with the Gothia Cup, supports young people and communities from all over the world

SKF has launched the 2013 SKF Meet the World youth football tournament which the company has driven since 2007. For the second year in a row, SKF will also arrange a tournament in France, where the winning team will participate in the Kim Källström Trophy/Gothia Cup 2013 football tournament. Gothia Cup, in cooperation with Special Olympics Europe organizes the Kim Kallström Trophy.

“Our sustainable future is built on knowledge, understanding, and respect, which starts with youth – their dreams, ideas and aspirations. We want to open minds, stimulate dialogue, and create opportunities that would otherwise be a dream. The SKF Meet the World tournaments give us a chance to make a positive impact locally and let people know a little bit more about SKF,” says Tom Johnstone, SKF President and CEO.

The SKF Meet the World football tournaments are held in 15-25 countries where SKF has a presence. The purpose is to create global meeting points for youngsters regardless of gender, social background, age, culture or religion. The tournaments will take place from January– June and winning teams from each country will participate in the Gothia Cup, the world’s largest and most international youth football tournament held in July 2013 in Gothenburg.

Sustainability at SKF
SKF Care is a guiding principle at SKF. It has four dimensions: Business Care - ensuring we have a strong financial performance and right returns for our shareholders; Environmental Care - reducing our own and our customer’s negative impact on the environment; Employee Care - having a safe working environment and improving the health and education of our employees; and Community Care - playing an active role in the communities in which we operate.

Gothenburg, 21 February, 2013

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More information about SKF Meet the World and Gothia Cup can be found at:

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