FIFA launch Employee Volunteer Program at K4L
Over the last week Kick4Life has hosted a group of seven staff from FIFA as part of a new Employee Volunteer Program launched by the world's governing body of football.
The employees, who come from a range of departments within FIFA, have participated in a wide range of activities, learning about the work of Kick4Life including observing program delivery and participating in health education & life-skills activities They have also contributed to the organisation's work including tree planting and gardening, and undertaking a strategic challenge around Kick4Life's new Stadium of Life project.
FIFA have supported the work of Kick4Life through the FIFA Foundation since 2009 including the development of a centre as part of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Kick4Life have since developed a number of social enterprises at the site, including a restaurant, a hotel and a conference centre, where the FIFA employees have stayed.
Reflecting on their experience at Kick4Life, Margherita Alberton, Strategic Manager in Human Resources and Services Division at FIFA, was impressed by how the Health-Education programs integrate with the social enterprise to bring a positive change in the community.
She said: “This is the first time the employees from FIFA go out on the program like this. We were looking for an organization with clear structures and our expectations have been exceeded.”
She went on to say FIFA is not just focusing on football but also the social growth of the participants and Kick4Life fits just well into the model.
K4L Co-founder Steve Fleming added: "We have been thrilled to host such a brilliant group of people from FIFA who have invested so much energy into Kick4Life over the last week."