Posted on: Monday, September 01, 2008
Soccer in the Sand
Imagine a soccer tournament with no soccer field! Created in Brazil, Beach Soccer is one of the fastest growing professional sports in the world and is becoming a major showcase for international commercial opportunity.
Soccer players and spectators will have the opportunity to feel what it would be like in the shoes of others and will gain a true understanding of how children worldwide manage to creatively make do with what they have. Soccer itself is a beloved global sport, yet in many nations worldwide, children do not have access to the same type of lush green pitches, nor the comfort of wearing soccer cleats when playing their favourite pastime.
The Plan Leadership Council will aim to recreate this type of experience for participants by having players test their skills in the sand as opposed to a soccer field!
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