Training has started in the TFF-Ülker Football Villages...

The TFF-Ülker Football Villages opened their doors for the sixth time this year in preparation to host 560 children, of which 160 are girls. In the seven football villages that were opened in Erzurum, Isparta, Nevşehir, Sakarya, Sinop, Gümüşhane and Kocaeli children in the, 12-13 age group develop their talent as well as themselves.

The new training period has begun in the Football Villages project, made possible through the cooperation of the Turkish Football Federation and Ülker for the first time in 2007. Kids from different provinces unite under the roof of football and within the scope of this project that aims to contribute to their social-cultural-personal development and add to their happy moments, 160 girls and 400 boys in the 12-13 age group will be undergoing training.

The training program organized by experts in the TFF-Ülker Football Villages focuses on football, but also offers creative drama, chess, environmental awareness, first aid, nutrition and indoor football training. In the Football Villages, at which students are provided with balanced nutrition education by GAV (The Sabri Ülker Food Research Institute Foundation), the ‘Respect for Diversity’ play workshop is directed by the Community Volunteers Foundation.

In addition to developing their football talents, tiny athletes discover the spirit of brotherhood, chivalry and solidarity that is in the core of football. 3,600 children have been given the opportunity to do sports and develop their talents so far at the Football Villages.

220,000 children in 5 years…

The Football for Kids program, made possible through the cooperation of Ülker and the Turkish Football Federation in order for more children to be able to do sports, has united over 220,000 children since 2007.

Turkish Football Federation Football Development Director Tolunay Kafkas said that important steps were being taken for the future of football in our country with the TFF-Ülker Football Villages project. Kafkas, who reminded us that thousands of children have been trained in the villages to date, added that subjects outside of football such as drama and environmental awareness were included in the training program in order to contribute to the personal development of the children. Kafkas, who emphasized as the Football Development Director that they focused on children in their approach to Grassroots Football, thanked everyone who had a part in bringing the TFF-Ülker Football Villages Project to this day.

Yıldız Holding Corporate Communication General Manager Zuhal Şeker added “We have been lending our support to this project, which provides our children with the opportunity to get training, socialize and become acquainted with the concepts of active living and balanced nutrition, and enabling the utilization of the potential in our country and expanding the pool of talent for six years. We have been organizing A Happy Moment hours for the childrens’ entertainment. As in previous years, this year our Yıldız Holding senior administrators and our distributors in the various provinces will be visiting the villages to get together with the children and contribute to the development of the project.”

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