The Duke of Cambridge to Attend Football for Peace Graduation Ceremony

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The Duke of Cambridge will attend a Football for Peace Graduation Ceremony

Copper Box Arena, London

Thursday 22nd November, 2018

The Duke of Cambridge will attend the graduation ceremony of 30 Young Peace Leaders from Football for Peace’s UK City for Peace programme at the Copper Box Arena on 22nd November 2018.

Cities for Peace is a programme created by Football for Peace, a global football charity that aims to develop relationships and understanding in marginalised communities around the world. The organisation encourages social cohesion by using football to bring children together from different cultures, faiths and backgrounds. By working together, these young people learn to confront preconceptions, stereotypes and extreme ideologies through their shared passion of football.

On the day, the event will honour the organisation’s Young Peace Leaders who have completed the City for Peace programme. Through this programme, Football for Peace works in conjunction with local councils, football clubs and schools to train young people aged 15-18 in how to unite their communities on and off the pitch, from running local football tournaments to organising classroom workshops to discuss issues currently dividing their communities.

During the visit, The Duke will attend a workshop on equality, diversity and inclusion, as well as conflict resolution, which will be delivered by Football for Peace tutors and attended by Young Peace Leaders. His Royal Highness will then meet the charity’s Footballing Ambassadors, teachers and watch over 60 students from six schools in Newham who will be taking part in a Peace Tournament and other football drills sessions led and managed by the Young Peace Leaders. The Duke will then help present the certificates to young people from London, Birmingham and Luton who have completed their Youth Peace Leaders programme.

This event coincides with the launch by Football for Peace of the #FootballSavesLives campaign, a new pledge to train 500 young people across the UK to become Peace leaders by 2020. This campaign will be launched on the day with the participation of international football players including Wilfried Zaha, Mesut Ozil, John Terry, Louis Saha, Bacary Sagna, and Troy Deeney.

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