Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Footy stars on inclusion gig

A message of tolerance, solidarity and social inclusion will be sent to vulnerable children as part of the UEFA Foundation for Children’s active role at Tuesday’s UEFA Super Cup match in Skopje.

Ahead of the game between Real Madrid and Manchester United, a group of 19 hearing-impaired youngsters from the local state school for education and rehabilitation, DUCOR Partenija Zografski, will perform a song by the British band Coldplay, A Sky Full of Stars, in sign language, alongside the Falsetto children’s choir from Skopje.

The performance aims to transmit the message that it is important to integrate children with disabilities in society. The youngsters met Manchester United's players at the stadium. Both Real Madrid and Manchester United are lending their support to the initiative by sharing this unique stage and helping to promote diversity and respect. In addition, the youngsters were given the opportunity to meet players from the two clubs at the stadium on Monday.

“Participating in an event such as the opening ceremony of the UEFA Super Cup would be a dream come true for any number of children and teenagers,” says Viktorija Volak, a teacher at DUCOR Partenija Zografski. “But for these deaf teenagers, it is even more than that.”

“It’s an honour, it’s exciting,” she added, “but they also want to perform to the best of their abilities, to thank the UEFA Foundation for Children for giving them this opportunity, and to send, in their natural way, a message of equality despite the differences between us all.”

“Football is a universal language and an inspiring force for integration and positivity,” said UEFA Foundation for Children general secretary Pascal Torres.


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