Supporting Ukraine through Football: Cross Cultures’ Commitment to Youth Empowerment

Youth Hubs Project "Open Fun Football Schools" — In Support of the Ukrainian National Team

To celebrate Ukraine’s participation in Euro 2024, we are thrilled to announce that the “Open Fun Football Schools” will be held in 18 different regions across Ukraine. On each of Ukraine’s match days during Euro 2024, these activities will provide not only football fun but also essential psychosocial support to children affected by the war.

This initiative, supported by the New Democracy Fund (NDF) and Cross Cultures Project Association (CCPA), aims to provide psychosocial support to children affected by the war through football. The project has established youth hubs in 18 regions, focusing on fostering community spirit and mental well-being through sports. These hubs, led by a network of trained youth leaders, offer volunteer-driven football projects that include elements of psychological support and mine safety education.

Football Events Across Ukraine: Celebrating Unity and Support

  • Vinnytski Khutory, Vinnytsia TG: The recently opened youth center will host the Open Fun Football Festival, Euro-2024-themed games, and a communal viewing of the Romania-Ukraine match.

  • Lutsk: The “Sport for All” center will organize a children’s football tournament.

  • Synelnykove, Dnipropetrovsk Region: Liceum No. 7 will host daily “Sweet Cups” on Ukraine’s Euro 2024 match days.

  • Korosten, Zhytomyr Region: Liceum No. 5 will feature activities such as “Journey to the Euro”, “Gallop through the Euro”, and “Safe Euro”.

  • Zakarpattia (Nevytske, Ruski Komarivtsi, Antalovtsi): The Uzhhorod Sports School of Football will conduct “Football Lessons” dedicated to the national team’s three matches.

  • Ivano-Frankivsk: The Catholic Liceum of St. Basil will host mini-football games under the theme “Support Euro 2024”.

  • Hlevakha, Kyiv Region: The local resource center will organize sports-safety and sports-psychological events.

  • Lviv and Malehiv: School No. 20 and other locations will hold football quests titled “United by Football” with match viewings of Slovakia-Ukraine and Ukraine-Belgium.

  • Podilsk, Odessa Region: The SC “Podilsk” will host a tournament to mark the opening of Euro 2024 and communal viewings of three matches.

  • Poltava: The National University “Poltava Polytechnic” will host the Children’s Cup “Euro 2024” and the “Football Adventure” sports quest.

  • Kostopil, Rivne Region: The local sports school will feature sports entertainment activities and a Euro 2024 themed tournament.

  • Sumy: The Sumy State Pedagogical University will hold “Open Fun Football Lessons” in school camps and children’s homes, along with Euro 2024-themed entertainment in Mykolaivka.

  • Zboriv, Ternopil Region: School No. 1 will host a football festival for girls and “Open Fun Football Lessons” for preschoolers.

  • Starosynyavskyi Liceum, Khmelnytskyi Region: Activities will include “Football for All” and “Watch Football Safely”.

  • Smila, Cherkasy Region: Events will include the “Sweet Cup” for the Romania-Ukraine match, football games and challenges “Forward to Victory!” for the Slovakia-Ukraine match, and parent-child football games “United by Football” for the Ukraine-Belgium match.

  • Chernivtsi: The “Fan Zone in Support of the National Team” will be set up at the “Under the Forest” camp, and “Family Euro” football tournaments will be held at Gymnasium No. 15.

  • Chernihiv: School No. 35 will host “Sweet Cups” and the “Open Fun Football Lessons” festival on the national team’s match days.

Cross Cultures' Core Values in Action

These activities exemplify Cross Cultures’ dedication to fostering cross-cultural understanding, resilience, and community support. By leveraging the unifying power of football, CCPA aims to create safe and supportive environments where children can heal, grow, and thrive despite the challenges posed by war. The project not only promotes physical health and teamwork but also provides essential psychological support, contributing to the overall well-being of young participants.

Group of children and volunteers in Ukraine

The project reflects CCPA’s mission to use sports as a tool for peace, development, and community building, ensuring that every child has the opportunity to play, learn, and dream.

Support our work in Ukraine

As witnesses to devastating consequences of the war in Ukraine, we all want to contribute in the most fruitful way possible. Even if you’re not in or around Ukraine, you can still lend a hand.

We have opened for memberships that funds our work in Ukraine. The membership fee can be fitted to your personal budget, thus costing whatever you think is sufficient.

All membership fees goes directly to our work in Ukraine and if you choose a monthly plan, you also support our ongoing and future work in other parts of the world.

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