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Young Bafana goes Russia 2018

15:55 GMT+3 05/06/2018
Young Bafana contingent to Russia 2018
Young Bafana's contingent prepares for Russia take off to attend the Fifa World Cup opening ceremony

This week five of our Young Bafana academy players will be attending the 2018 Football For Friendship World Championship & International Football For Friendship Children’s Forum. This is an initiative implemented by Gazprom, official partner of Fifa and the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The initiative aims to not only develop soccer skills but also to encourage real friendships to develop between the kids. Two hundred and eleven countries and regions will be represented at this event. Young Bafana Soccer Academy is proud to represent South Africa.

The International Friendship Camp is a three day educational programme in which young players and young journalists under the guidance of professional camp educators and young coaches will undergo training and be taught the nine key values in the Nine Values Soccer School.

The idea is for the young participants from various ethnic backgrounds, who speak different languages, to become friends and prepare for the 2018 Football For Friendship World Championship and 2018 International Football For Friendship Children’s Forum.

The Camp includes, team building activities, , workshops teaching the 9 values, a press centre for young journalists, training on the pitch as well as meetings with professional sport journalists and football players to get inspired and acquire new skills.

Following the camp, Razor will participate in the first ever Football for Friendship WorldChampionship. Thirty two teams will compete against each other in teams made up with children from different countries, gender and physical abilities.

The boys will then attend the 2018 International Football For Friendship Children’s Forum.

The culmination of this trip will be the attendance of the opening ceremony of the 2018 Fifa World Cup at Luzhniki Stadium as well as the opening match, Russia vs Saudi Arabia.

As one can imagine there is great excitement amongst everyone at Young Bafana, not only from those heading to Russia, but also from those left behind who are excited to hear all about the trip.

We look forward to regular updates from the attendees in the weeks to come.