Oxford United are proud to be using Wednesday night’s Carabao Cup quarter final against Manchester City to showcase the club’s support and commitment to Football for Peace, a youth sports movement at the forefront of using the global football influence as a force for good to intervene and raise awareness on the planet’s most pressing issues, by combining community based activity with diplomatic impact.
Football for Peace is a charity that is engaged in the delivery of projects with young people that create positive social change through sport and dialogue. Football for Peace uniquely combines Football Diplomacy, through its international engagement programmes and social impact, through its community based intervention and empowerment activities. Its vision is that every country in the world uses football to build an inclusive, sustainable and resilient future for people and planet.
Using this fixture to raise awareness for Football for Peace, demonstrates the U’s ongoing commitment as a football club to use their influence to shine a light on local, national and international challenges we all face today.
Head Coach Karl Robinson said “It’s a fantastic campaign and we are very proud to be helping Kash and his team spread the word around the World“
Following the launch of the charities Football Saves Lives campaign by HRH The Duke of Cambridge Prince William, which pledged to see more young people across the UK go through the charity’s City for Peace programme Football for Peace in partnership with the U’s aim to create a sustainable legacy programme that will make positive impact on young people and communities across Oxford.
HRH The Duke of Cambridge Price William said “Football for Peace have given Young Peace Leaders the opportunity to work together, play together and learn to confront pre conceptions, stereotypes and negative ideologies. I am delighted that the Football Saves Lives campaign will see more Young Peace Leaders being trained to bring young people from across the country together”
The programme will engage a diverse range of young people across Oxford to partake in community level activity that equips them with the skills, through both football training and life-skills workshops, to become Young Peace Leaders in their community and join a growing sports youth movement to continue its work.
U’s defender Kash Siddiqi, on loan to Indian Premier League club Real Kasmir and Football for Peace Co-Founder said “Football has the power to advance humanity and to help connect people, from individuals to communities and nations”
Zaki Nuseibeh, Oxford United Vice Chairman said “We share Football for Peace’s dream of football being a game that connects people all around the World and we are very proud to have Kash here not just as a player but also as a true ambassador for all that is good about the sport “