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Pirelli with InterCampus in Mexico

The new activity will involve children to help them grow towards the values of the sport

Social integration against youthful hardships, in areas at risk, support for the educational system, educational training by the instructors: all of this is Inter Campus and now it is also in Mexico. Pirelli supports the Inter Campus projects in various parts of the world by the process of growth and integration of the young generation through sport, creating a link with the social fabric in which the society is present.

The Inter Campus programme has been active since 2004 at Queretaro, a colonial town 200 kilometres north of Mexico City, where the Marcelline sisters continues to offer underprivileged children from the peripheral quarter of Bolanos and the Girasol school the chance to take part in sports activities on the attractive seven pitch of synthetic grass inside their college grounds. The activity is run by coordinator Ernesto Ortega, professor of physical education at the institute, who has organised a theoretical course with eight trainers and a group of about 15 students from the Autonoma University of Sports at Queretaro. The theoretical courses, held every morning, are followed by practical ones in the afternoons on the pitch in which over 100 children participate.

As further development of the activities that have been in operation for years, the visit of an Inter Campus delegation was an opportunity of activating two new centres. Starting from 17 March, the Mexican project was expanded to include new activities that will involve the children. Christian Valeiro of Inter Campus will work directly with the project as he already had experience with other groups in Mexico: after a carefully inspection in Mexico City, he has given his OK to begin.

Another centre has been activated on a small cement pitch within the structure near the Fundaciòn Renacimiento located at Tepito, one of the most underprivileged and dangerous quarters in the Federal District. In line with tradition, the distribution of shirts to 25 children participating in the first training session was carried out and the event was run successfully by Ricardo and Omar, social workers with the same past as the children hosted by the institute, who manage the activity during the course of the year.

Boys and girls from 6 to 14 years-old, who share a difficult existence, come together with football in a cheerful and surprisingly equal game for all the children throughout the world. The ‘callejeros’, children of the street, learn respect for the others by playing and are taught tolerance through the sport.


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‘Millions of smiles’ from InterCampus Romania

img_sust1607_1With the ‘Millions of Smiles’ tournament, the second edition of the InterCampus Romania series came to an end at Slatina recently. The special project was launched in July 2008 in collaboration with F.C. Internazionale Milano, Pirelli and Comunità Nuova.

For three days, over 250 children played in football matches that took place on pitch two of the 1st May Stadium, plus recreational activities organised in parallel with them. Fun was assured for the smallest children, who enjoyed karaoke competitions, a puppet theatre, cartoons, clowns and face paint.

img_sust1607_2‘Millions of Smiles’, made possible by the work of volunteers from various Italian associations, the trainers of F.C. Internazio nale Milano, representatives of Comunità Nuova of Milan, the William Tyrell Foundation of Slatina and employees of Pirelli Tyres Romania, is the event with which InterCampus Romania celebrated a year of sports-recreational activities organised for more than 80 children from various social environments. For more than two years, the children have learnt to work as a team and integrate themselves into an organisational system through football, as well as gaining experience in social values like collaboration, friendship, loyalty and other important qualities.

“The ‘Millions of Smiles’ tournament is the concluding event of the second season, during which over 80 children have been involved in football and relating to each other”, said Luca de Vecchi, a Comunità Nuova representative. “To see their high spirits, the will to play together, to get to know each other without prejudice, makes us believe that the substantial objective we set ourselves with Pirelli and InterCampus of integration through sport is also possible in Slatina”.

“The InterCampus staff has experienced these three days with great satisfaction, establishing that not only the children have made tremendous improvements on the pitch in this sports season, the greatest pleasure was to see how much they enjoyed themselves, thanks also to the activity of animation”, declared Annalisa Novembre for InterCampus. “We would like to thank Pirelli, which has supported this event, the NIP volunteers and Comunità Nuova, Bambini in Romania and the William Tyrell Foundation, who allowed the hundreds of children to enjoy a unique experience and give us thousands of smiles”.

A spokesperson for the volunteers of the Bambini in Romania association said, “For us, the importance of the event was the collaboration between the various Italian and Romanian associations more than anything else, having the mutual objective of creating a joint moment of festivity and integration in the Slatina area. We have seen great potential in the event, which we hope can be exploited and increased in the years to come”.img_sust1607_3

Fourteen teams from sports clubs in the Olt region and InterCampus competed in this year’s football championship in the various age categories for children born in 1997-1998; 1999; 2000-2001.


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INTER CAMPUS ROMANIA: THE SEASON BEGINS!

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Yesterday (10 November) at Slatina the Sports Lyceum of Inter Campus Romania was inaugurated, the programme that uses the game of football as an instrument of social integration, developed by FC Internazionale in collaboration with Pirelli and the New Community Association. 

Those attending the ceremony included Enrico Malerba, CEO of Pirelli Tyre Romania, Darius Diaclov, Mayor of Slatina, Aldo Montinaro, technical director of Inter Campus and Don Gino Rigoldi, president of the New Community.

“For Pirelli, after substantial investments in the Slatina production centre, to participate in the improvement of the local community’s social situation is a moral duty. The people who work for Pirelli live in Slatina, so it is right that we contribute to the development of their city. Through this project, we wanted to help all the children, both those who are well-off and those less so”, declared Enrico Malerba, CEO of Pirelli Tyres Romania.

“Pirelli is an example of commitment in the social and sporting life of Slatina”, said Darius Dialcov, Mayor of the city. “They train and educate the young generation, help them to develop themselves. I am pleased to see that 50 children from Slatina have been rewarded in this way”.

It was Christian Chivu who opened the 2009-2010 season of Inter Campus Romania, the Inter champion and Rumanian national player who is the star testimonial of this initiative, which aims at the social integration of boys from eight to 14 years-old through the activity and values of the sport.



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