FIFA Campus in Santiago

The Dominican Soccer Federation (Fedofútbol) is reaping fruits greater than those projected at the time of planting.
From being a questioned and intervened organization, it has become the most trusted in the entire Caribbean, at the hands of its president Rubén García, its treasurer Janet Rivera, Arturo Heinsen and the entire board of directors.

In our previous column we detailed the faith placed by the international directors, who continue to organize events here, and today we have to talk about a very special summer camp that is taking place in Santiago de los Caballeros.

The International Federation of Football Associations created in 2018 the FIFA Foundation, which seeks to identify places with scarce resources to make invaluable contributions, through summer camps known as “Campus FIFA”.

To do so, they put specific conditions on the table and began receiving applications from their affiliates. Many would like to organize these camps financed 100% by FIFA, but not all of them receive this royalty.

After Armenia, and for the second time, only the Dominican Republic has been granted the privilege of having them, because they meet the required conditions, ranging from educational needs to recreational ones.

On this occasion, the community of La Canela is the lucky one with 116 children, 58 boys and 58 girls, who are transported from there to the Cibao FC stadium at the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra in Santiago.

Without costing them anything, the children become the protagonists of the great stage, receiving talks, food, soccer clinics and special visits, such as that of the world champion Youri Djorkaeff, former French footballer, with whose national team he won the World Cup in 1998, and today as an ambassador of the sport he loves, he is in charge of this “Campus FIFA”.

This is another example of how soccer in the Dominican Republic has an extraordinary growth that no one will be able to stop.

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