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One World Futbol gets a kick at Boys’ Town

Published:Wednesday | October 29, 2014 | 10:00 AM
Contributed David Monk (fourth left), senior international development officer, Chelsea FC and Paulo Ferreira (second left), former Chelsea FC and Portugal player, who is now Chelsea FC Foundation Ambassador, look on as a youngster juggles one of the indestructible footballs at Boys' Town's Collie Smith Complex on Sunday.

KINGSTON:

The Digicel Foundation and One World Futbol Project have joined forces to support the next generation of footballers, by providing 30 nearly indestructible footballs to Boys’ Town and school sporting programmes in surrounding communities.

The handover, which took place on Sunday, was made by Paulo Ferreira, former Chelsea and Portugal player at Boys’ Town Complex.

“Play enables hope, opportunity and optimism. While our ball technology is unique, the real magic is not in the ball, it is what happens when children are allowed to play,” said Neill Duffy, chief catalyst, One World Futbol Project.

He added: “The ball is a tool that unlocks human potential. Through our collaboration with Digicel, we are fulfilling our mission to bring the power of play to the children that need it most, and help transform lives.”

BUILT TO LAST

Designed to outlast any other inflated ball available today, the One World Futbol never needs a pump and never goes flat, even when punctured multiple times, making it ideal for use in harsh environments such as disaster areas, refugee camps, conflict zones and other disadvantaged communities where a traditional inflated ball doesn’t last.

“Oftentimes, there is a difficulty in getting sporting equipment. Balls are very expensive, especially the balls that we normally use, as they get damaged, and it’s another cost to have them repaired or replaced. These balls will go a far way in eliminating costs over a long period. They are perfect for our youngsters,” said, Delroy Simmonds, Boys’ Town FC’s operations manager. “We are quite happy for them.”