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FC Barcelona Insight into Sport for Development

  • Groupama OL Academy 8 Rue Mélina Mercouri Meyzieu, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, 69330 France (map)

A chance to learn about the Foundation of FC Barcelona and its work in 50+ countries

The Barça Foundation mission is to support children and youth from the most vulnerable groups through sports and education, for the purpose of contributing to a more egalitarian and inclusive society. The 3 pillars are: 1) prevention of the violence, 2) promotion of social inclusion, 3) access and reinforcement of education. Underpinning all the Barça Foundation programmes are the values of FC Barcelona: Respect, effort, ambition, teamwork and humility.

At the heart of the Barça Foundation programmes is a curriculum-based methodology called FutbolNet, first developed in 2012. FutbolNet is a social programme that teaches the FC Barcelona values and life skills education through sport. To date, FutbolNet has been delivered in over 50 countries worldwide involving over 1million children in the past ten years.


Blanca De La Quintana works with the Partnerships, Alliance and Knowledge department. She is looking forward to sharing insights from what the world´s biggest club is doing to promote positive social change.

Along her University’s years, Blanca has combined her high level handball career with her degree in Social Work&s Social Education at University of Pablo de Olavide. Once graduated she moved to Italy where she worked as a support worker with girls and as a project manager for sport programmes. Her strong belief in the power of sport as an educational tool to promote social and personal development pushed her to study the MA in Sport and International Development at University of Brighton. Since 2019, Blanca works as the Coordinator of Sport for Development in Barça Foundation.