UK schools urged to sign up for the Soccer Aid Schools Challenge – and help youngsters worldwide

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The Soccer Aid Schools Challenge is back, and The UK Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF UK) is calling on all primary and secondary schools across the country to take part in the epic football challenge to help raise vital funds for children around the world.  

Open to all children regardless of ability, the Soccer Aid Schools Challenge is designed to allow schools to team up with pupils to design an obstacle course to take on each other’s skills, whilst raising money to help UNICEF’s work for children around the world.

Pupils can dribble, kick or bounce a ball, sprint, skip or hop across the playground and help kids have the playtimes they deserve. Pupils can either donate to take part in their school’s challenge, ask parents to sponsor them or hold a charity bake sale to help top up their fundraising.    

Money raised from the Soccer Aid Schools Challenge could help UNICEF fight malnutrition, keep children safe in times of crisis, and get them back to school. It could also help provide vaccines against preventable diseases such as polio, so all children can grow up happy, healthy and able to play. By taking part, schools are helping to protect play for every child.  

‘Just when they need that safe space, it’s gone’

This year, there has never been a more challenging time for children. Right now, they are facing war, disasters, and other crises in countries around the world. When children lose their homes, their families, and their schools, they lose out on happy, healthy, play-filled childhoods. Just when they need that safe space and moment of escape the most, it’s gone.  

Sarah Wren, Head of Soccer Aid for UNICEF said: “With Soccer Aid for UNICEF back for its 12th year, we’re thrilled to get children outside and moving all for a great cause. Every child deserves access to clean water, an education, and a safe space, but unfortunately as we know this isn’t the case for many children around the world. Taking part in the Soccer Aid School’s Challenge is a fun way we can do our bit to help children in those situations get back to the play-filled childhoods they deserve”.

Schools taking part in the challenge will be provided with a fundraising pack full of tips for planning the fun-filled fundraiser to ensure they raise as much money as possible for children worldwide. All fundraising efforts will go towards supporting Soccer Aid for UNICEF.  It is shown live on TV in the UK. 

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Author: Simon Weedy

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