OFFS for children in Armenia

OFFS for children in Armenia
Happy children at the Open Fun Football Schools in Armenia

During 2003, the Open Fun Football Schools project for children became a reality in Armenia. The new sport schools with the new games, updated approach, and bright-coloured sport equipment attracted lots of children and resumed lots of interest in sports. It engaged boys and girls, children with physical impairment and diabetic children. In 2003, two schools were established in the capital city Yerevan on the bases of "Malatia" and "Pyunik" sport clubs with over 192 participating children in each. Leaders, instructors and parents took an active participation in the OFFS schools. Sport events were highly supported by the Armenian Football Federation.

Armenia is a country located in the South Caucasus region, which became independent in 1991 during the dissolution of the Soviet Union. From 1988 until 1994, the country was involved in an ethnic conflict with neighbouring country Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakhian province in Azerbaijan, where the Armenian majority wanted to unite with Armenia. The war had up to 30,000 causalities. The collapse of the Soviet Union affected the economic and cultural life of Armenia. Armenia's economy suffers from the legacy of a centrally planned economy and the breakdown of former Soviet trading patterns. Soviet investment in and support of Armenian industry has virtually disappeared, so that few major enterprises are still able to function.

Positive change for Armenian children

The past years, the government's encouragement and support for sports has made positive changes for children, parents and communities in this area. Sport schools, sport bases and camps were restored. Sport federations started to gather sportsmen and associates around. 

Reports

Latest news from OFFS in Armenia

Latest news from OFFS in Armenia
Article on UEFA.com, 2010

Social Media

Social Media

Cross Cultures' Facebook page in Armenia

Facts about Armenia

Total population: 3,056,382 (July 2015 est.) 

Share of children and youth under 25: 33.47%

Youth unemployment: 35.1% (2015)

Share of women in the labour market: 46.2%

Refugee population: 15,690 people (2015)  

Football players (registered/unregistered): 41,453/109,900

Female players: 226

Clubs: 83

Clubs with women’s teams: 3

Our work in the country 1998-2016

First year CCPA worked in the country: 2004

Main focus areas: Peace building, reconciliation

Sponsors: UEFA

Football clubs established: 134

Children involved: 25,824

Football Festivals: 224

Children attended: 29,828

Results 2015

Open Fun Football Schools conducted: 10

Children attended Open Fun Football Schools: 128

Volunteers involved: 260

Volunteers educated: -

Parents involved: 213

Parents’ workshops conducted: 12

Fun Festivals conducted: -

Children attended Fun Festivals: -

Number of municipalities Cross Cultures is present in: 10

Local schools involved: 24

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