Ananya Kamboj, is going to represent India at the ‘Football for Friendship’ Championship in St. Petersburg, Russia, from 26 June to 3 July, as a Young Journalist. She is grand-daughter of Sh. Nanak Chand Kamboj.
Football for Friendship (F4F) is an international children’s social program initiated by FIFA and Gazprom.
The Football for Friendship focuses on the development of children’s football, promoting youth sports and a healthy lifestyle, fostering tolerance and respect for different cultures and nationalities and promoting friendship among children from different countries. India joins the programme for the first time and will participate alongside 63 other countries.
The key values supported and promoted by the project’s participants include friendship, equality, fairness, health, peace, devotion, victory, traditions and honour.
This year 64 young journalists aged 12-14 years formed the Press Centre with one journalist representing each participating country: Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Libya, Lithuania, Macedonia, Mexico, Mozambique, Netherlands, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uruguay, the United Kingdom, the United States, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, and Vietnam.
Young reporters of the International Children’s Press Centre are talented children who are keen on football and show great promise in sports journalism. They are actively involved in the Football for Friendship programme and fully share its key values.
On July 1, St. Petersburg will host the Gazprom Football for Friendship International Championship, bringing together players of different ethnicities, genders and physical capabilities.
July 2 will see the Fifth Football for Friendship International Children’s Forum, which will allow youngsters to discuss with famous footballers and professional journalists collecting information, making reports, writing news for the Football for Friendship official social media accounts and how to promote the project’s values around the world.
The fifth season of the F4F project will conclude with a visit by the participating children to the final match of the FIFA Confederations Cup2017 at the St. Petersburg Stadium.
“I think journalists of the International Children’s Press Centre have a great opportunity to learn from professional reporters and get invaluable experience of self-guided work. We will have it all for real. We will do reports, hold interviews, and write notes. I like writing and I am looking forward to visiting Forum, though even now I already have a lot of things to do. I communicate a lot with the team and write down the most interesting moments. I love football and I like FOOTBALL FOR FRIENDSHIP programme: I think it teaches right things and I am glad that I can tell other children about it”, shared young journalist from India Ananya Kamboj, 12 years old.