Swiss Football Team arrives for 14 day tour

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Published by : CT WEB 2017-11-22 09:39:06

Football Federation of Sri Lanka (FFSL), the governing body of football in the country, in a press release says, it has initiated a 14-day sport tour of the 'Football Beyond Borders' team from Switzerland. The team has embarked on a Goodwill Tour to Sri Lanka which commenced on 18 November and will continue until 2 December.

The tour will also serve to promote Sri Lanka not only as a destination in terms of tourism but also to promote Sport Tourism. One of the key objectives here is to increase awareness about the diversity and rich-culture of the country.

"We want to use opportunities like this to interact with European based clubs, as there are many former professional players accompanying this team. The team will also engage in a few charity related activities during the tour, extending their engagement in Sri Lanka, beyond football. We feel that the tour will also help to position Sri Lanka in Europe in terms of a great tourist destination as well as for sports tourism which will certainly gain additional foreign revenue to the country," said Anura de Silva, President, FFSL, who was instrumental in making the Swiss team's visit in Sri Lanka a reality.

The team will be touring the length and breadth of the country with friendly matches being organized in the districts of Anuradhapura, Jaffna, Gampola, Nuwara Eliya and Matara.

The Swiss team comprises of 25 members including Gianni D'Agostino - Team Captain with 16 players and a support staff of 8 which includes media/photography personnel and a physician. Among them are Hüssu Matur – President, Marco Gähler – Coach, Albi Saner – Spokesman, Kathrin Arnold – Physiotherapist and Stephanie Marti – photographer.

The goal of 'Football Beyond Borders' is to reduce the borders among States through sport by continuing to develop football in countries with fewer resources and equip teams with basic requirements. In the process, they wish to make awareness about culture, land, people and allow a mutual insight into the team's culture as well. Through synergies with relief organizations and football clubs, they also strive for sustainable cooperation.

ECD Holidays are partnering FFSL in hosting the team to enjoy a fruitful stay in Sri Lanka.

 

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