Barcelona FC have renewed their partnership with Unicef in a new deal that will see the Catalonian club continue their work with the charity until 2020.
As part of the extension to the relationship Barcelona will increase their annual donation to Unicef from €1.5m to €2m.
The new agreement was announced today (25 February) at the Camp Nou where Barcelona FC president Josep Maria Bartomeu was joined around 50 school children to promote Unicef’s work.
Also in attendance was the club’s vice-president Jordi Cardoner, executive director of Unicef Anthony Lake and president of the Spanish Committee of Unicef, Carmelo Angulo.
Speaking at the press conference Unicef’s Lake said the club were “an inspiration to all of us.”
He highlighted some of the achievements which the two have accomplished and said that “over the last ten years we have together reached one million children.”
Barcelona FC president Josep Maria Bartomeu said: “We want to continue being a club that all children admire and love so that the club is doing something else other than just playing football.”
This September will mark ten years since the first deal was agreed between Barcelona and Unicef at the United Nations in New York.
Between 2006 to 2010 the pair worked in Swaziland, Malawi and Angola to raise awareness, detection and prevention of HIV/aids. From 2011, the work has been focused on South Africa, Ghana, Brazil and China, with a focus on promoting sport as an educational tool.