The Children's Homes Programme in Hungary has taken gold in the Best Project category at the 2013 UEFA Grassroots Day Awards.
The project offers a prime example of how grassroots football can bring joy to the lives of deprived youngsters, providing regular football activity for children living in homes and orphanages.
"The main goals of this programme are the same philosophy as the main goals of our Grassroots Programme," said Tibor Őze, grassroots manager at the Hungarian Football Federation (MLSZ). "The Hungarian Football Federation's Grassroots Philosophy is that football is for everyone. Our main goal is that everybody, regardless of their abilities and skills, can find joy in football and can be part of the sport as a whole.
The awards were presented at the UEFA Grassroots Workshop in Oslo on Tuesday by Italian football legend, winner of the 2011 UEFA President's Award and UEFA grassroots panel member Gianni Rivera. The Apuseni Mountains Championship (Romania) won silver, and project Football Used Towards Social Advancement and Learning (Republic of Ireland/Wales) won bronze.
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