BFCitC to support ‘Pledge United’ in Indonesia

BFCitC to support ‘Pledge United’ in Indonesia

Burnley FC in the Community continue to expand their catalogue of international programmes with the team set to deliver a new programme tackling gender inequality in Indonesia during 2019. Working alongside local community organisation, Inspire Indonesia, community staff will support with the delivery of Pledge United, which is a football-based programme aimed at combating social and gender inequality in Indonesia.

Funded by the Premier League International Development Fund, community staff will deliver three cohorts of the programme throughout the course of 2019, with the first due to start in February. Gender inequality is a significant issue in Indonesia, with United Nations studies within Asia finding that 23% of all Asian women had been raped in their lifetime. In certain provinces within Indonesia, the rates were even higher. As a result, the Pledge United programme helps to raise awareness of this issue and work to achieve an Indonesian society that is more peaceful, less violent and inclusive for all its citizens. Using the power of the Burnley FC brand, the programme will engage hundreds of participants, specifically males aged 13-19 and provide football coaching and education around gender equality.

Burnley FC in the Community’s Chief Executive Officer, Neil Hart, said: “At BFCitC our mission is to inspire, support and deliver change and alongside our vital charitable work back home in East Lancashire we are keen to work with the Premier League on community projects making a social impact around the world. Gender inequality is a real social issue in Indonesia, and through this Premier League International Development funding we aim to make a significant difference and provide positive change to the lives of many.”

Burnley FC in the Community, the official award-winning charity of Burnley FC has a strong presence in East Lancashire engaging with over 30,000 individuals over the course of the 2017/18 season, with over 100 staff delivering over 50 community programmes. As a Premier League Club Charity, the organisation is passionate about working with international partners to support social issues overseas.

To find out more information about BFCitC’s overseas programmes, including our partnership with Inspire Indonesia, please contact Head of Football Development (Overseas), Paul Wozny, on p.wozny@burnleyfc.com or call 01282 704716.