In 2013 the United Nations declared April 6th as the “International Day of the Sport for the Development and the Peace”. The right of access to, and participation in, sport and play has long been recognized in a number of international conventions. In 1978, UNESCO described sport and physical education as a “fundamental right for all.” But until today, the right to play and sport has too often been ignored or disrespected. On April 21st, All Black FC and the Hong Kong International School organize the “Peace and Sport Day” to share the positive vibes of the beautiful game.
Over the last years, All Black FC have established themselves as one of the most ambitious amateur football sides, while aiming to empower marginalized communities in Hong Kong. What started as a platform for refugees, has now become a full-flung charity organisation with youth teams and players from diverse backgrounds, and their hard work and dedication has been highly recognized in the football community. All Black FC are regularly invited as sparring partners for professional teams in Hong Kong, even including the youth teams of the HKFA, and they recently joined the amateur Cosmos League. One of their youth sides even qualified for the final of the 5-a-side Nike Cup.
Last year, representatives of All Black FC travelled to the international forum on “Peace and Sport” in Greece, where they were even further inspired to join the global movement of sports development. So this year, the club stepped up to celebrate the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace in Hong Kong in the hope to raise awareness for the power of sport to bring positive change in society.
Together with the Hong Kong International School, All Black FC organize the “Peace and Sport Day 2019” on April 21st. The tournament will include up to 24 football teams from different backgrounds, as well as gender and age groups, featuring competitions across U10, U12, U15, and adults. The opening match will be played between the girl’s team of Sporting Clube de Macau and Hong Kong’s U13 Wonderful Football Club.
The games will be complemented by other fun activities, which allow children and parents to connect and experience the positive power of sport.
Peace and Sport Day (International Day of Sport for Development and Peace)
Date: Sunday, April 21st, 2019
Venue: Hong Kong International School, 1 Red Hill Road, Tai Tam, Hong Kong
Organizers: All Black FC & Hong Kong International School