The summer of 2018 is exceptionally hot, and even the Nordic country Norway is no longer as cool as usual. The heat hasn't kept the football fans around the world off participating in the 2018 Norway Cup. More than 30,000 teenagers from more than 50 countries gathered in Oslo for the world’s largest youth soccer tournament on 28th, July. This is a party which uses football for cultural exchanges and integration of the big stage. Because of its widespread influence at the global youth, the Norway Cup has become a partner of UN agencies to help promote the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) which is also known as the global goals.
Organized by Ichi Foundation, two teenage football teams from Xingang primary school in Huangpu district, Guangzhou, China, participated in 2018 Norway Cup. This time, the Xingang players showed their football skills in the Norway Cup. More importantly, they were also invited to display a plastic fashion show to promote the United Nation Sustainable Development Goals(SDG). However, this activity is also an important part of "1+1" International Youth Football and SDG Partnership Program. The"1+1" International Youth Football and SDG Partnership Program is proposed by Ichi Fund, aiming to connect teenagers from the countries along the Belt and Road Initiative, and promote communication and understanding between different cultures by football.
The two teams have played 12 matches, among which one match of the girls’ team attracted footage from Norway's State Television and journalists from Xinhua News Agency in Norway to report the match. More impressively, friends from Chinese Embassy in Norway also brought their national flags to cheer for the young players.
The uniqueness during the Norway Cup lies in the two plastic fashion shows brought by the Xingang football players. The plastic shows aim to propagate the 14th sustainable development goal—underwater life, draw people’s attention to plastic pollution in the oceans and reduce the use of plastic products. However, the first show was held at the City Hall in Oslo, where more than 800 international youth players attended a reception hosted by the city of Oslo. The children's costumes were hand-made by their parents, using various kinds of scrap plastic. Their performance on that day has attracted everyone’s attention. Moreover, the mayor of Oslo praised their performance at City Hall and even posted the video of performance on her facebook, which has been reprinted by many famous people.
The final of 2018 Norway Cup is the competition between SDG team and celebrities’ team in the morning on 1st, August. The SDG team represented the Prime Minister of Norway——Erna Solberg，and the celebrities’ team represented the Minister of Culture of Norway. At halftime, as a cheerleader for the SDG team, Xingang young players performed the plastic fashion show on the soccer feild. However, the Prime Minister Solberg led guests to play the beat of the music of show. In the blue sky and white clouds, the children's confident performance touched every audience. After the game, the Prime Minister met the Xingang young players and thanked them again for their excellent performance. Furthermore, she also presented the children with an autographed SDGS football to thank for their efforts on promoting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS). Meanwhile, the players also gave the Prime Minister a football as a gift, which was signed by all the players.