1 GAME launches ‘Goal against Violence’ campaign


1 GAME has launched a program known as Goal against Violence in Calabar, the Cross River State Capital.

The new campaign which is seen by football pundits as very beneficial for grassroots sports developments aims at drawing the attention of school pupils towards playing football and imbibing the culture of unity, fair play and non-violence while doing so.

Commenting on the launch of the program in Calabar, Philip Obaji, Founder of 1 GAME: Football without Violence initiative, said launching of the Goal against Violence campaign was a huge step taken towards achieving a violence free game.

“This is very important for us in the 1 GAME team and for football as a whole. Seeing school pupils play football and understand the essence of achieving fair play and non-violence is something we are so delighted about and want to see come to pass.

“With the support of the Cross River State Football Association, we will hold football programs in schools across the State and each goal scored in matches played will be a goal against violence. Our aim is to create a platform for school pupils to grow with a culture of fair play, unity and non-violence in the game,” Obaji said.

The Goal against Violence program will be implemented majorly in secondary schools across Cross River State with much attention paid to those in the rural areas, a gain that excites the State Commissioner for Youth and Sport Development, Raymond Obeten.

“This is truly a huge achievement for the 1 GAME campaign and as a state, we will do all we can to support the program. We are glad that this is happening here and we will work as a team to ensure that football without violence is achieved,” Obeten said.

The Goal against Violence program is an initiative of the 1 GAME: Football without Violence campaign, a non-profit scope which was founded in June 2010 to combat violence and fanaticism in football.
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