The Duke of Cambridge visited the Copper Box Arena last week to help support the Football For Peace charity. Prince William joined other football sporting stars kick down a wall symbolising hate and division at the charity event.
Football For Peace uses football to connect young people from different backgrounds and get them to "communicate, play together and learn to confront stereotypes."
The new Football Saves Lives programme aims to train 500 Peace Leaders by 2020 by working 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 the issues currently dividing their communities.
The peace tournament brought together footballing ambassadors Wilfried Zaha, Mesut Ozil, Louis Saha, John Terry, Bacary Sagna, Lucas Perez and newly trained Young Peace Leaders who have already been through this programme to manage the teams branded as Equality, Diversity, Unity, Friendship, Dialogue from different schools across Newham.
“With the #FootballSavesLives campaign, we want to encourage all football lovers and peace defenders to support our pledge to train the next generation of Young Peace Leaders to create more peaceful and tolerant communities across the UK. These schools in normal instance, hardly mix let alone play on same teams, the country needs more integration activities”, says FfP co-founder Kashif Siddiqi.
Adding to this, Arsenal player Mesut Ozil said “I am proud to support an initiative which brings people together in the such divided times we are living in”.
Prince William participated in a workshop on equality, diversity and inclusion and then attended the graduation ceremony of 30 Young Peace Leaders from the charity's UK City for Peace programme at the Copper Box Arena.
He met the charity's ambassadors and helped present certificates to those who have completed the scheme.