During the past decade, living conditions in deprived urban areas around Buenos Aires have deteriorated. Lack of work, violence, drugs, school drop-out, and crime have damaged family cohesion in the area.
Not only do young people face poverty but they are also forced to struggle through a lack of safety services, health and education, which makes their social inclusion ever more difficult.
The hockey-based project in Virreyes, 27km from Buenos Aires states the primary objective of providing girls and young women a space for integration and personal development through sport.
At the heart of the project is the teaching of what is considered the most beneficial values inherwent to sport. These include hard work, respect, tolerance, responsibility and honesty.
Virreyes Hockey offers an education based sports curriculum to girls and young women between five and 22 who come from vulnerable neighbourhoods.
By promoting and encouraging their personal growth in these areas, the project works to enhance the lives and future opportunities for all participants.
The funds donated by the Fundación Laureus Argentina for this project are used to supportwages in sports, food supplements, sports equipment, transportation, events and social workers’ salaries.
Though the project has helped the girls to improve their attitudes and behaviour as well as their physical condition whilst enhancing the standard of youth coaches and peer mentors, the project also benefits their families and the entire local community, which is enriched by this sporting initiative.