Sport to break the cycle of child poverty

“Sport has the power to change the world.” Paraphrasing Nelson Mandela, which ended Apartheid thanks to the 1995 Rugby World Cup, the Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, presented today at La Moncloa the initiative ‘Sport breaks the circle’, in collaboration with the High Commissioner against Child Poverty and the Higher Sports Council (CSD).

“This program is a great objective of the State, an ambitious and determined fight to reduce child poverty as much as possible.“, warned Sánchez, who did not hide some embarrassing data against which the Country Alliance for Zero Child Poverty, which brings together 112 large companies, including PRISA, foundations (Nadal, Gasol, Real Madrid, Atlético …), NGOs or public institutions. “The latest survey on living conditions from the INE (National Institute of Statistics) places child poverty at 27.4% in Spain. More than two million adolescents live in a situation of poverty due to structural problems that have worsened with the crisis, “said the president.

“There is a gap in extracurricular activities. Boys and girls have access to a lesser extent due to poverty. That is why we promote a sports line to combat the social exclusion of children in sports activities “, said Ernesto Gasco, High Commissioner against Child Poverty before the Minister of Education and FP, Pilar Alegria; the Minister of Culture and Sports, Miquel Iceta, or the Minister of Health, Carolina Darias. Also representatives of the media, such as the director of AS, Vicente Jiménez, and Olympic and Paralympic athletes.

Ray Zapata, silver on the ground in Tokyo, remembered his arrival in Lanzarote from Santo Domingo being a child. “I discovered gymnastics and with it I met people and began to have goals. Just because of the sport I already evolved, because at first I felt excluded and without a way out. With sport you can create your good circle and we can inspire people “, Courage.

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The Paralympic Athlete Desirée Vila he remembered that he made him see “that disability was not going to be a limitation” in his life, claimed the sport as “a right for all children” and it affected the empowerment capacity that it has with its values.

Sánchez also explained that a pilot project against poverty and healthy habits is already underway at the CEIP Las Rehoyas in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, since the fight against childhood obesity is another pillar, with 40 children reaching 225 family units and which, once evaluated, intends to spread throughout Spain.

“This is a country project, and there can be no progress if social exclusion increases,” Sánchez closed, who called to harness “determination” and the sports speaker against child poverty.


Ana Peleteiro He was sincere during the event and revealed that during the pandemic he thought about quitting the sport. “I saw myself alone in Guadalajara, in a very large house and with empty rooms, I thought about leaving, I stopped training even. But I sat on a couch and began to rethink how important sport was. It makes you run away, have a good time and feel like mental health and physical health, “he said, recalling the mental problems big stars like gymnast Simone Biles have passed during the Games.

“The head is your engine and sport also helps fight obesity”, He affirmed at the same time that he made a request: “It is very important to go to the neighborhoods with fewer possibilities, where sports are a means of escape.”

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