According to a study by Britain’s ChildWise, 99.8% of European children aged 11-16 have mobile phones, personal electronics devices, and constant internet access. AS a result, children often spend their free time in social networks, watching video or playing computer games instead of playing outside and developing physically. There is also a lack of sport infrastructure and decreased interest in sport among children, leading to a worsening in children's fitness. On top of all that, there’s child smoking and drug and alcohol use.
The Klitschko Foundation launched the initiative “Call your friends – let’s play together!” in 2005 to combat this situation, and to this day it remains relevant.
- 181 playgrounds installed
- 135 cities and villages took part
- 8533 applications recieved
In 2015, the Klitschko Foundation received a record number of applications – over 2000! – which confirms the need for sport infrastructure in educational institutions.
Applications can be submitted by children of any age, their parents, teachers, school administrative personnel, and members of local social organizations.
How to take part?
- Step 1: use photos or video to tell a story about sport with your friends
- Step 2: get written permission from the director of your school to build a playground (200 sq.m.)
- Step 3: take a picture of the proposed location (3-5 photos)
- Step 4: write a group letter from the school with no fewer than 20 signatures. Anyone who shares your idea can sign – teachers, parents, or other students
- Step 5: wait for an answer!"
Project financing comes from a grant from the Coca-Cola Foundation.
- Viсtor Kolesnyk Head of Sport Projects Department
- Dmitro Kryzhanivsky Psychologist, Manager of Sports Projects
The project Success Packages was initiated to develop and support sports in Ukraine. Within this project, comprehensive and sports schools receive packages with sports equipment.
- 188 packages sent
- 43 240 children took part
- 1013 applications in 2017