Education en route
The Ball takes an active role in relaying positive social messages at events held at venues such as schools and stadiums. We have developed an entertaining and educational programme, honed through practice during the 2010 journey. It features storytelling, video, slideshows and physical activity and is led by the team travelling with The Ball.
During the 2010 journey, The Ball visited schools where thousands of children kicked, headed and signed it and learned about the Spirit of Football. In South Africa, we led workshops for children from 50 different schools across Sub–Saharan Africa.
The success of these workshops, and the enthusiasm that welcomed The Ball all along each World Cup journey, led us to develop an education programme themed around the phrase given to us by Special Olympics — “One Ball, One World.”
“I’ve had the pleasure of showing the wonderful 2002 5-minute film ‘Spirit of Football’ to countless schools and football clubs over the past 10 years. I can’t recommend and praise these guys highly enough for their efforts and ethos… Anyone who can kick a ball all the way from Battersea Park to Japan / South Korea / Germany and South Africa and share their joy and hopes for peace along the way deserves incredible respect.”
— Crispin Thomas, Football Poets