Donations made by Wolves supporters towards the #FuerzaRaul campaign are making a difference in the Mexican city of Campeche, thanks to the Mexican Football Federation’s Jugamos Todos project.
Donations in support of Raul Jimenez’s recovery have been split between UK brain-injury charity Headway and the Mexican Football Federation’s initiative Jugamos Todos, which is already seeing the benefit of the generous donations.
In 2016, the Mexican Football Federation (FMF) launched the Jugamos Todos (translated to ‘Let’s All Play’) programme, to expand on its mission to use football and other sports at schools as a tool to improve children’s health and broaden their opportunities both in sport and society.
A massive 80 per cent of Mexican children are not getting the minimum amount of exercise recommended by the World Health Organisation, while 60 per cent of under-18s in Mexico don’t exercise at all.
The programme equips PE teachers with tools to make classes more efficient and inclusive and also champions healthy lifestyles, helping to tackle obesity problems in Mexico. It also cultivates values such as equity, inclusiveness, fair play, respect, honesty, teamwork, empathy and tolerance.
Now, the funds raised by Wolves supporters, and people supporting Raul across the world, are contributing to a greater future for these youngsters, with selected schools receiving 2,100 balls, training programmes and a range of presentations since.
The presentations in Campeche included a session for the 70 directors of the selected schools, to highlight the activities proposed by Jugamos Todos and the benefits that teachers and kids involved in the programme would be receiving, such as sports equipment and training.
A training session then followed, with the 140 PE teachers, to introduce them to the methodological aspects of the Jugamos Todos programme, while a formal event was also held at the Juan Escutia Elementary School and attended by representatives of the beneficiary schools.
As part of the activities, Hiram Francisco Solis Avilez and Shiomara Amariani Chan, two children who are part of the Enrichment Center for students with outstanding, interviewed Raul himself over Zoom.
The activities of Jugamos Todos continue to be part of the nationwide strategy 'Aprende en Casa’ (Learn at Home), that enables the broadcast of school classes on TV and online, helping millions of kids who are currently studying remotely throughout.