Shell, FC Barcelona Extend Basra Partnership

Shell and the Foundation of Football Club Barcelona (FFCB) have signed an agreement extending the award winning extra-curricular school programme “FutbolNet”, for an additional two seasons in Basrah.

The “FutbolNet” programme is based on FFCB’s methodology of using football to develop life and leadership skills, respect, tolerance, teamwork, responsibility and effort amongst children and encouraging positive behaviour through the ages of 7 and 17.

The extension follows the great success of “FutbolNet” festivals in Iraq. Moreover, the programme has been well received by the participating communities in Iraq who feel it is of great benefit to the individual and collective development of youth in the country.

Endorsed by former national athlete Mr. Hani Waleed, former Secretary General of the Basrah Athletic Federation, the unique football project kicked off in 2013 through the ‘FutbolNet Festivals’ which were rolled out in communities across Basrah in southern-Iraq.

One of the participants Hussien Khalil, who is 12, said:

“The programme has made me more committed to my studies and school work. I now have more respect for timekeeping than before and my grades have also improved.

"My parents and teachers have certainly taken notice of my achievements whilst I have also enjoyed making new friends during the programme.”

The initiative also further builds on Shell’s capacity building programme and social investment activities in Iraq which include health care, road safety and entrepreneurship.

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