The FutbolNet programme was set up by the Barça Foundation in 2011 to help vulnerable groups of children and adolescents. It is a method that encourages social integration and inclusion through sport, and football in particular. Since 2017 in collaboration with the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, the programme has been offered to refugee communities in Greece and is a platform for making the adverse conditions under which they live better. Based on the values of the Barcelona team, which can be summarised as humility, hard work, ambition, respect and team spirit, children learn to resolve conflicts and collaborate, to develop self-esteem and respect for others, while also exercising and having fun. For more information about the programme, please visit:
In June 2019 executives from the Barça Foundation visited the refugee camps at Skaramangas and Elaionas along with the internationally renowned footballer Lilian Thuram, a former player for Barcelona and France, when the latter won the world championship. During the two-day visit I undertook to provide interpreting services to Lilian Thuram.