Indonesia, like most countries in the world, take football seriously. It has become a national obsession, in line with the global love towards this game. Hence, it was such a great news to hear that Uni Papua, a football organization from Papua, will visit the European Union to implement their 2030 agenda of Sustainable Development Goals.
CEO of Uni Papua, Harry Widjaja explained that the visit to Europe is aimed to introduce the club’s profile and programs as well as establishing cooperation with some of the organizations in London. It would also serve as a great opportunity for Indonesia diplomacy through sport.
The introduction of this club in Europe started from an event in Finland. The event that was fully supported by the Indonesian embassy in Finland was even being given an award by the government of Finland. The Global Family Award was being awarded because the program was deemed supporting the refugee management at that time.
This team had also represented Indonesia in Festival16, hold by the Street Football World (SFW) in Lyon, France. The event was held from 28 June to 7 July 2016 and held as a part of the “Football For Humanity” and “Football For Solidarity” campaigns. The campaign was aimed to increase the awareness on using football as a media to make a better world.
The club was also invited by the Indonesian Ambassador for Spain, Yuli Mumpuni, to participate in the World Football Summit 2016 event in Madrid. In that event, the club presented their profile in the forms of brochures and program video in the Indonesia exhibition.
Established on November 8th, 2013, Uni Papua is a Non Governmental social organization under the category of sport development. Uni Papua was established to develop the local football, the Papuan players, as well as the youths of Papua through positive activities in football.
They give special attention to the youths. They aim to develop the characters of the youth who are willing to join Uni Papua, whether boys or girls. hence, they give football training and knowledge with good materials and solid curriculum. They even have a licensed foreign trainer.
Their campaigns include anti alcoholic generation, early prevention of HIV/AIDS, peace and conflict resolution, education and health, and environmental awareness. In short, Uni Papua aims to be a social agent of change
Uni Papua is the first and only Football School Community in Indonesia that is registered as a Corporate Social Responsibility member of FIFA (Federation of International Football Association), in a Football For Hope FIFA program. With this program, they have initiated the Football Among Tribes program in 2016 for the Elseng tribe in the remote inland of Papua. During the development, the club has managed to cooperate with one of their partners that is based in USA, the Coaches Across Continent, which sent one of their coach to Indonesia. They have also cooperate with One World Football to donate and distribute footballs in underprivileged areas in Indonesia.
Currently, it has reached thousands of children and has performed in 14 locations in Papua, Kupang and Bogor. For its work, Uni Papua has been awarded the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sports Award 2014. Up to August 1’st, 2016, the club owns 34 Community Club branches all over Indonesia and abroad, which covers Finland and Philadelphia USA. Kudos to Uni Papua for bringing great news for Indonesia.