St Lu­cian youth se­lected for Int’l Youth Lead­er­ship Fo­rum

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Ca­naries na­tive and youth leader Ver­net Longville will soon be tak­ing the trip of a life­time to Lyon in France to rep­re­sent Saint Lucia and the Caribbean at a pres­ti­gious in­ter­na­tional youth fo­rum.

Longville, a teacher at the Ca­naries In­fant School, has been se­lected to take part as a Sa­cred Sports Foun­da­tion (SSF) youth leader and or­gan­iser for the street foot­ball world In­ter­na­tional Youth Fo­rum, as part of the mas­sive Fes­ti­val 16 event.

This all-ex­penses-paid unique op­por­tu­nity is sup­ported by the Ger­man For­eign Min­istry and the SSF with whom she has vol­un­teered for a num­ber of years.

The In­ter­na­tional Youth Fo­rum runs from June 28th to July 7th, 2016, dur­ing which time Longville will learn new or­gan­i­sa­tional skills and jointly help sup­port the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Fes­ti­val.

Street foot­ball world’s Fes­ti­val 16 will bring to­gether 500 girls and boys from dis­ad­van­taged com­mu­ni­ties all over the globe, cho­sen not for their skills on the pitch but rather their com­mit­ment to chang­ing the world through foot­ball.

At the core of the event is an ex­cit­ing foot­ball 3 tour­na­ment – a unique way of play­ing the game that in­cor­po­rates key life les­sons into ev­ery match. Ed­u­ca­tional work­shops and cul­tural work­shops will also fea­ture promi­nently, en­abling the young par­tic­i­pants to de­velop new skill sets and ap­ply them in their lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

Sa­cred Sports Foun­da­tion was ac­cepted for membership in 2013 and re­mains the only member of the net­work in the English­s­peak­ing Caribbean.

Ver­net Longville will help to or­gan­ise street foot­ball.

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