GAZPROM “FOOTBALL FOR FRIENDSHIP” 2017 INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S FORUM UNITES YOUNG ATHLETES FROM 64 COUNTRIES
United by the love of football and the spirit of friendship: The Gazprom Football for Friendship 2017 International Children’s Forum was recently held in St Petersburg, Russia to bring together young athletes of different genders, ethnicities and physical capacities from 64 countries across the world. The children from countries in Europe, Asia, Africa and South and North America were split into eight mixed teams to play in an exciting friendly tournament, which was organised by Gazprom, an official partner of FIFA and the 2018 FIFA World Cup™. The aim was to unite youth from around the world while promoting the values of football and a healthy lifestyle. The South African flag was flown high during the tournament thanks to the participation of SA U12 youngster, Adam Olivier, from the Young Bafana Soccer Academy in Cape Town.