FedEx ‘Field in a Box™’ opens up new possibilities for young people in Cape Town
FedEx and the UEFA Foundation for Children celebrate the opening of a community sports field in Philippi, Cape Town
JOHANNESBURG, 18 April 2018 – FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX), and the UEFA Foundation for Children, celebrated the opening of the most recent “Field in a Box™”, in the township of Philippi, Cape Town on Saturday, April 14, 2018.
As Main Sponsor of the UEFA Europa League, FedEx delivers its ‘Field in a Box™’ program in collaboration with the UEFA Foundation for Children and global non-profit streetfootballworld. The program has seen the roll out of easy-to-install, artificial turf sports fields, which aim to use football as a platform to empower children and young adults.
“Our intention in building these fields is to provide an environment that is inclusive and accessible to everyone in the community. We hope that they will provide a foundation for personal and longer-term socio-economic development,” said Mike Higley, Vice President Sub-Saharan Africa-FedEx Express.
Oasis, a non-profit organisation founded in Cape Town in 2000, will oversee the program of activities at the field, and ensure the sustainable use of the field in the community.
Together with FedEx Express, the organisation hosted a formal inauguration of the field attended by Anroux Marais – Member of Executive Committee: Cultural Affairs and Sport, Cape Town (Provincial Minister of Cultural Affairs and Sport) among others. Former South African national team captain Lucas Radebe, joined the celebrations to the delight of local children.