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CHILDREN AND SPORTS

We believe that children are the future of our country and the world. That’s why we contribute to grassroots sports projects for children. With Ülker Football for Children, a program we developed in cooperation with the Turkish Football Federation, we have involved over 264,000 children in football. All of our sports projects have reached over 272,000 children.

Our children’s sports programs:

Project Project Duration Number of Children Reached 
Football Education Centers 7 years 79,000
Football Villages 8 years 4,500
Football Festivals 5 years 162,000
U20 Grassroots Festivals 2 months 1,700
Grassroots Day 5 years 17,300
Basketball Festival 8 years 8,000
Total   272,500

Football for Children Project

Football Villages: In summer we activate TFF-Ülker Football Villages TFF-Ülker Football Villages
TFF-Ülker Football Villages
for talented 12-year-olds whose progress we have been watching throughout the year. Together with the TFF (Turkish Football Federation), we organized 53 football villages in 30 provinces over 8 years. Talented youngsters came from every corner of Turkey to learn and enjoy education in chess, a balanced diet, creative drama, environmental awareness, personal hygiene, first aid, and art, all of which help their social, cultural and personal development. So far, 36 boys and 44 girls who attended a TFF-Ülker Football Village have been selected for their national teams. 50 of them have gone on to sign contracts with professional clubs.

Elite Football Villages: 102 talented children chosen by their trainers in TFF-Ülker Football villages during the summer of 2014 were hosted in Hasan Doğan National Teams Camping and Training Facilities at Riva. The villages were activated in two stages between January 26th and February 8th, 2015, with the participation of 46 girls and 56 boys. The most talented children in the 12-to-13-year-old category were offered one week of training sessions in a variety of areas. In addition to football, the sessions included other subjects to help them gain a broader perspective on their lives. In these programs, organized by experts, youngsters improved their football skills by meeting with national team trainers in person. They absorbed the concepts of fellowship, fair play, and team spirit, which are core aspects of both football and success in life.

For more information, please visit ulkercocuklaricinfutbol.com

OUR OTHER SPORT EVENTS:

  • FIFA U20 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP GRASSROOTS FESTIVALS

  • GRASSROOTS DAY

  • 2010 FIBA WORLD BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP ‘CHILDREN OF THE WORLD’ (COW) PROJECT