Peace and Sport prize for UEFA foundation

The UEFA Foundation for Children has won the Foundation of the Year prize at the 2015 Peace and Sport Awards in recognition of its impact in improving the living conditions of disadvantaged children.

The UEFA Foundation for Children's Pascal Torres (second left) and Peace and Sport founder and president Joel Bouzou (third left), together with presenters and voting panel members at the Monte Carlo gala.
The UEFA Foundation for Children's Pascal Torres (second left) and Peace and Sport founder and president Joel Bouzou (third left), together with presenters and voting panel members at the Monte Carlo gala. ©Peace and Sport

The UEFA Foundation for Children has won the Foundation of the Year prize at the 2015 Peace and Sport Awards, which took place in Monte Carlo on Thursday night.

In operation only since April 2015, the UEFA Foundation for Children has already supported a variety of projects around the world, and was recognised for the impact it has made in improving the living conditions of disadvantaged children.

This year, the UEFA Foundation for Children has worked diligently to protect the rights of children at the Za'atari refugee camp in Jordan, bringing joy and unity through sport and football for boys and girls alike. Another highlight for the foundation was hosting 1,000 disadvantaged children at the UEFA Super Cup match in Tbilisi, Georgia. The children participated in the pre-match opening ceremony with star players from Barcelona and Sevilla, promoting peace and understanding.

The chairman of the UEFA foundation, Mr José Manuel Durão Barroso, said: "I am delighted that the work of our foundation, which is only taking its first steps, has been recognised at such a prestigious awards ceremony. We are very proud of the work we do around the world and look forward to embracing new projects which can improve the lives of children."

The Peace and Sport Awards reward the expertise of organisations working for sustainable peace through sport, through initiatives highlighting the best practices in the field. The president of Peace and Sport, Joel Bouzou, presented the award to the UEFA Foundation for Children.