FARE at the Africa Cup of Nations04 February 2008

FARE members are involved in a number of activities at the Africa Cup of Nations in Ghana.

One highlight was a football festival from 30 January to 2 February, where FARE organised a stall to engage with local kids and children at the SOS Children’s Village in Tema, near Accra. In Tema FARE also displayed the Arthur Wharton Exhibition on the first black professional footballer, and gave out FARE materials (t-shirts, anti-racism wristbands, pins, posters, football balls, FARE flyers etc). The two FARE-funded third country projects (Tudu Mighty Jets FC and COSPE) were present in support.

Plans are being finalised for a FARE press conference in Accra, with key speakers FARE member Bella Bello Bitugu. ex-Ghana team captain and broadcaster Anthony Baffoe and a representative from the Ghana Football Association.

SOS Children’s Villages African Cup of Nations programme “Football for peace and development.”

The SOS Children’s Villages in Ghana, in cooperation with SOS Children’s Villages in Cameroon, Nigeria, Benin, Togo, La Cote D’Ivoire, Right To Play Ghana, Play Soccer Ghana, Ngorko Step By Step and FARE are organising a programme on peace and development through football and sports to coincide with the African Cup of Nations 2008.

The programme started in September 2007 and the project will continue well after the Cup of Nations and cover other parts of Africa. Among the varied programme of activities planned is a tournament of mixed youth teams between the ages of 10 and 16 years from SOS Children’s Villages and other deprived areas to represent the nations participating in the competition.