UEFA Foundation to support the Athletic Villa project


Aimed at girls and young women from the “human settlement” of Villa El Salvador in Lima (Peru), this Foundation project is developed in collaboration with the Provincial Council of Bizkaia

UEFA Foundation for Children has selected the Athletic Villa project of Fundazioa among the 65 initiatives it will support this season for its contribution to the rights of children and young people around the world.

Villa El Salvador is a Lima municipality heavily affected by violence, where young people under the age of 14 have access to firearms in everyday life. Their membership in street gangs kept them away from school and brought them closer to drugs or to committing acts of common delinquency such as robberies and assaults. Thanks to the Athletic Villa project that Fundazioa develops on site in collaboration with the Provincial Council of Bizkaia and ADDVES (Asociación de Deporte y Desarrollo de Villa El Salvador), more than 150 girls improve their quality of life through football in Villa El Salvador.

ADDVES is a community organisation that has been working for more than fifteen years in favour of children’s rights. Thanks to this grant from the UEFA Foundation, the work carried out by Fundazioa will not be limited to sports training, but through the Aterpe Programme it will help train all the agents who work with children to guarantee their rights.

The project is currently working with the Athletic Villa girls’ football team to promote the incorporation of girls into sport. It started with no girls playing sport and now there are more than 150 girls and women active in the structure.

In addition to 30 different European projects and special funding for the Ukrainian response, the UEFA Foundation will support 12 projects in Africa, 12 in Asia, seven in Central and South America and two in Oceania. The total value of funding provided by the UEFA Foundation this season will be more than €4.9 million.