AFC Dream Asia Awards winners announced in Member Associations categories
Kuala Lumpur: The Japan Football Association (JFA), Myanmar Football Federation (MFF) and Guam Football Association (GFA) have been rewarded today at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC)’s Dream Asia Awards for their efforts in using football as a tool for social development in the three categories for AFC Member Associations – Inspiring, Developing and Aspiring.
The three categories were established in 2018 to recognise the commitment and expanding efforts of the AFC Member Associations who continue to use football as a catalyst for social development. The three Member Associations will each be rewarded with USD $15,000 for future social responsibility projects in conjunction with the AFC.
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AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa said: “The AFC salutes the passion and dedication of our Member Associations for making a positive impact on societies across the Continent.
“The unity of our collective efforts as one AFC family – whether small or big – deserve our praise and is in line with the AFC’s mission to ensure that everyone has an equal opportunity to not only play the sport in a safe environment, but are also able to grow and develop lifelong skills through football.
“The lasting legacy and uplifting experiences from placing the needs of the people first and transforming lives of those who need us the most make all our hard work worthwhile.”
Japan Football Association – Inspiring
Sharing the AFC’s belief and mission, social responsibility through football represents one of the JFA’s integral areas of development.
As the world’s first sports organisation to be registered under the United Nations’ Global Compact, the JFA upholds its commitment to social responsibility through three key pillars – sport for all, maximising potential through youth development and building better lives and communities.
The Football Exchange Project with ASEAN, JFA KOKORO Project, and the continuous reconstruction efforts of disaster-hit areas through the Dream Fukushima Action plan are just some of the game-changing programmes undertaken by the JFA which have touched the lives of communities across numerous prefectures.
Through all these engaging programmes, the JFA continues to improve and empower communities through football and serves as a true inspiration for Member Associations across the Continent.
Chinese Football Association (Silver)
Football Association of Malaysia (Bronze)
Myanmar Football Federation – Developing
From bringing hope to the underprivileged, to championing worthy causes such as healthy living, lifelong education and environment conservation, the Myanmar Football Federation continues to empower communities across the Southeast Asian nation through football.
Taking a tripartite approach between the people, private and public sectors, the MFF has partnered with league clubs, sponsors and community groups to introduce a wide-range of meaningful outreach programmes, which include the MFF Charity Cup 2019, the MFF- MNL Awards Night and a tree planting for environmental conservation event in Yangon.
Going beyond the comfort of its borders, the MFF was also instrumental in organising a donation drive to help the resettlement for flood and earthquake victims in Laos and Indonesia.
Hong Kong Football Association (Silver)
Bangladesh Football Federation (Bronze)
Guam Football Association – Aspiring
The Guam Football Association utilises football to reach the local community through quality recreational activities and elite programmes and provides its expertise and resources to empower the territory’s non-profit organisations
Through football, the Guam FA organised various Social Responsibility programmes such as the Fade Away from Violence Anti-Bullying event for at-risk youths as well as the Harvest House Kids soccer carnival and Haya Youth Center futsal programme.
Similar to the MFF, GFA’s initiatives also expanded beyond its shores, through the organisation of a donation drive aimed at assisting the recovery efforts of Super Typhoon Yutu in the Northern Mariana Islands.
Palestine Football Association (Silver)
Mongolian Football Federation (Bronze)
Please click here for the winners of the Corporate, NGOs and Individual categories.
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