The club unveiled a new social project in Trigoria today. The Giallorossi’s foundation Roma Cares, in partnership with Sisal, will support Liberi Nantes, the only amateur sports association in Italy recognized by the United Nations’ Refugee Agency (UNHCR). Liberi Nantes promote and guarantee free access to sport for refugees and asylum seekers. President Pallotta’s club are heavily involved in this area, recently launching Football Cares, a project that saw international football come together to raise funds for the global migration emergency.
AS Roma’s support for Liberi Nantes was detailed today as part of a commercial partnership between Roma and Sisal Matchpoint. The project will begin work on refurbishing the old XXV Aprile pitch in the Pietralata neighborhood, which is run by the association itself. This is just the first step in a broader initiative called “Oltre il gioco” (Beyond the game). It is supported by the hashtag #iocisono, with which Sisal Matchpoint, AS Roma and Roma Cares will promote fundraising all season long to help Liberi Nantes.
CEO Italo Zanzi, general manager Mauro Baldissoni and head coach Rudi Garcia all spoke during the press conference to unveil the agreement.
Here is what they had to say:
Zanzi: “Our aim is always to work with top organizations in their area of expertise. This is not a traditional agreement and we will do lots of work together. Through Roma Cares and Football Cares we have done a great deal for refugees but Sisal also does so in this area.”
Baldissoni: “The Liberi Nantes project shows how tough it is for people to integrate, as well as the positive side of being able to help them through sport. We see this as a big commitment. The XXV Aprile pitch is a historic location in Rome, it’s where Pasolini used to play. We’re pleased Sisal wanted to commit to joining us in this project.”
Garcia: “I believe sport and above all football teach you a great deal about life and they can help people to integrate. In the dressing room it doesn’t matter what your color or creed is.”