England will visit a Sport Relief funded project in Bola Pre Frente later today
Roy Hodgson and Gary Neville will today join a group of England players on a visit to Bola Pre Frente – a Sport Relief Funded project in Rio de Janeiro.
Before the game against Brazil on Sunday, players and coaching staff will travel to the site to see firsthand the difference such projects make to the area and the local community.
During the visit, the group will be shown how the project uses football, as well as a number of other sports, to engage and educate children, teenagers and young adults from some of the city’s most disadvantaged communities.
England goalkeeper Joe Hart said: “It is important as England players when we travel with the team that we gain an appreciation of our surroundings and experience the different cultures around the many varied places that international football takes us.”
The visit highlights The FA’s continued commitment to social and historical education, among players and supporters alike.
Hart continued: “We saw a great deal of Poland and Ukraine, especially when the players visited sites like Auschwitz-Birkenau and the Schindler’s Museum last summer.
“We understand we have to give something back so wherever we can help raise the profile of important causes we will do that, and that’s why this project is an important part of our visit to Brazil as an England squad.”
During the visit, the players will meet Brazilian footballer Jorginho, who was part of the national team who won the 1994 FIFA World Cup, and who started this project 13 years ago.
The FA will announce it will be supporting Bola Pra Frente by making a donation to the project, which will help to fund a new training centre.
Manager Roy Hodgson said: “I’m looking forward to witnessing the work being done at Bola Pra Frente and how the power of sport can have such a positive change on the lives of children and communities.
If in some small way we can have an impact on the children we meet, and help inspire them in their education and upbringing, it will be worth it.”
The FA plans to revisit Bola Pra Frente in 2014 and see the progress on the project and the impact of this visit from the England squad.