Sydney festival celebrates football’s power to empower youth06 January 2015

Athree-dayfootballfestivalisbringingtogetherchildren,youthandtheSydneycommunitytopromotefootballasatoolforempowerment,wellbeingandinclusionaspartofthe16thAsianFootballConfederation(AFC) AsianCup,whichwilltakeplaceinAustraliathismonth.

The Dream Asia Unity Football Festival, hosted by Football United, One Goal and the AFC Dream Asia, will take place between 21-23 January, to unite fans and communities for the 16 countries contesting Asia’s biggest football tournament, between 09-31 January.

The initiative, which also aims to promote social harmony and grassroots football participation, particularly among girls, will be divided in two main tournaments, for boys and girls aged between 13-15 years old, and will also include recreational, team building and educational activities.

The side activities will include stalls featuring health promotion activities, such as hydration, sun smart and healthy eating; creative art workshops around football for social change; cultural initiatives, including henna, kite making and drumming; and entertainment, such as face painting, juggling competitions and demonstrations, and football ambassador signings.

The FootFest will be held at the Sydney Olympic Park, in Homebush,  and is destined for schools, football clubs, community groups and organisations.