Youth Football Builds a Bridge of Common Ground
This year's Norway Cup International Youth Football Tournament once again welcomed the team from China - the SRBG Panda Team, including a boys team and a girls team.
Norway Cup is not only an international youth football event with a history of nearly 50 years, it is also a cultural exchange event. Every year, more than 30,000 young people from more than 50 countries meet in the name of football in Oslo, Norway, to play football matches and do cultural exchanges. Every year, all the participating country ambassadors are invited to attend.
As a good partner of the Norway Cup, the Ichi Foundation (Ichi Foundation, registered in Norway in May 2019. Prior to its official establishment, it was operated under the name of the Ichi Fund), has organized teams from China for three consecutive years to participate in the tournament and the cultural exchange. In our view, youth football is a good tool for civil diplomacy, and Norway Cup is a very good arena for civil diplomacy. Young people from all over the world show their culture and style here.
Our Panda Girls team and the Boys team both qualified for the finals by winning all the three group matches and broke into the top 16 and the quarterfinals respectively and achieved unprecedented results.
Beyond football matches, our annual highlights are at the Nobel Peace Prize-winning venue, the Oslo City Hall, which brings Chinese-inspired programs to young people from all over the world. The panda girls team brought the beautiful Sichuan Opera, and the boys team's Kung Fu Panda is even more cute, attracting the cheers of young audiences from all over the world. At the end of the performance, the mayor of Oslo and the leaders of SRBG happily took photos with the young players.
The Panda Girl’s Team Performs Sichuan Opera for International Youth
Mayor of Oslo takes photos with the children
What is more worth mentioning is that the young players from Sichuan also participated in the filming of a documentary "KIDS CUP". Funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Culture, the film is a follow-up film of participants from six countries. It will tell a story about how children from different countries and different cultural backgrounds can meet and integrate and discover their own stories. The documentary will be available at major film festivals and is expected to be broadcast in theaters in several countries, looking forward to seeing the players on the global screen.
The film crew filming the happy play of the children at the school they were staying at.
The film crew came to Chengdu to film the children’s training before departure.
This year, the team that Ichi Foundation brought to Norway Cup was funded and made possible by SRBG (Sichuan Road & Bridge Group). Thanks to SRBG for their strong support to Ichi Foundation's philanthropic Projects!
The Ichi Foundation focuses on cultural and educational cooperation projects between countries along the Belt and Road. It aims to promote mutualunderstanding between people from different countries, cultures and religions, to spread the excellent culture of the nation, and to build consensus and find common ground.