Zim schools set to get share of Fifa prof­its

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Sikhum­buzo Moyo Se­nior Sports Reporter

ZIM­BAB­WEAN schools are set to ben­e­fit from the Fifa schools’ pro­gramme af­ter the world foot­ball gov­ern­ing body’s de­ci­sion to dis­trib­ute nine mil­lion foot­balls to mem­ber coun­tries’ schools.

The de­ci­sion was reached at the just ended eighth Fifa coun­cil meet­ing in Kigali, Rwanda, af­ter a 110 per­cent rev­enue sur­plus on its full cycle bud­get of 2015-2018.

The fi­nan­cial state­ments showed that Fifa has con­tracted more than $6,2 bil­lion in rev­enue dur­ing the pe­riod un­der re­view and hence agreed to set aside a bud­get of $100 mil­lion to dis­trib­ute soc­cer balls to mem­ber coun­tries’ schools.

“Hav­ing been pre­sented with up­dated fi­nan­cial re­sults, which show that Fifa has con­tracted more than $6,2 bil­lion in rev­enues or 110 per­cent of its full-cycle bud­get for 2015-2018, the Fifa coun­cil agreed to com­mit part of this sur­plus to im­ple­ment the new Foot­ball for Schools Pro­gramme.

“A bud­get of $100 mil­lion has been al­lo­cated to im­ple­ment the pro­gramme and op­er­ate it un­til 2022. Through the ini­tia­tive, Fifa will dis­trib­ute nine mil­lion foot­balls to schools in the ter­ri­to­ries of the 211-mem­ber as­so­ci­a­tions and cre­ate an on­line plat­form to in­form teach­ers on how to in­cor­po­rate foot­ball into ed­u­ca­tion,” read the state­ment from Fifa.

It was not im­me­di­ately clear how the do­nated foot­balls will be dis­trib­uted in Zim­babwe but in­di­ca­tions are that Zifa and the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Pri­mary School Heads (Naph) and their sec­ondary school coun­ter­parts will pri­ori­tise ru­ral schools.

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