In the world's largest refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, sport lights up the lives of thousands of children. When they wear a new kit, pass a football to a friend or hit a 6 in cricket, happiness, friendship and positivity take centre stage.
The project combines a Club Centre with an innovative Mobile Clubhouse on wheels: sharing its time between schools in the Bangladeshi host community and the Rohingya camps, it is a true connector.
The Cox's Bazar Spirit Club Centre and Mobile Clubhouse offer an exciting activity schedule for Rohingya refugee and Bangladeshi children. See here highlights.
04 March ’24
Learn to dribble like Martens and to run as fast as Mbappé. Location: Palong Adarsha High School.
05 March ’24
Sepak Takraw Training
Also called "kick volleyball" this game is not only fun to play but also incredible to watch! Location: Club Centre, Camp 19.
06 March ’24
The badminton classes are among the highlights for many students and especially popular with the younger children. Location: Thaingkhali High School.
09 March ’24
Jungle Gym Games
Come climb in our jungle gym and bring all your new friends. Location: Club Centre, Camp 19.
09 March ’24
Borrow your favourite sports equipment, watch your team play live, listen to music and take part in tournaments.
10 March ’24
Join one of the country's most popular sports and become the next 'champ of the camp'. Location: Club Centre, Camp 19.
The Cox's Bazar Spirit shirt launched on International Children's Day 2023 to celebrate the unbeatable spirit of the children in Cox's Bazar.
Co-designed with the local community, the Cox's Bazar Spirit shirt embodies the unbeatable spirit of the children in and around the camp.
We couldn't have wished for better project partners than Paris Saint-Germain, Friendship, Solarkiosk, UNHCR and Wilde Ganzen.
Impact so far
- The project registers more than 9,500 monthly participants in Club Centre and Mobile Clubhouse activities.
- 1/3 are young girls, defying odds and expectations to shine on the sports fields of Cox's Bazar.
- One of the girl's teams has competed at regional level and even become district champions! Sanchita Barua, one of the team's key players is now pursuing a career as a referee, following her dreams.
- Motivated coaches from the Rohingya and local Bangladeshi community are directly engaged to organise the activities, creating 10 paid jobs in Cox's Bazar through our project partner is Friendship. UNHCR is involved as a supporter and endorser of the project.
- The active engagement of Paris Saint-Germain is a source of hope and pride for the children. PSG also helps to raise awareness and build bridges across borders.