Peace and Sport has officially launched the "Peacemakers Project" with the aim of helping 2,000 children over two years ©Peace and Sport

Peace and Sport has officially launched the "Peacemakers Project" with the aim of helping 2,000 children over two years.

The initiative will see partner organisations in 10 countries work to address various social issues, with the aim of improving the lives of local communities.

Key to the project is the Peace and Sport x MyCoach mobile application, which the organisations can use to access training sessions and planning, monitoring and evaluation (M&E) tools.

United Nations secretary general António Guterres said the app was an example of an "innovative initiative", while it has already been successfully tested in the Great Lakes region of Africa and at the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan.

The project will take on a "bottom-up" approach, meaning its implementation will be at grassroots level.

It is supported by food company Danone Group and the Danone Nations Cup - the world's largest football tournament for boys and girls aged from 10 to 12 which attracts millions of players each year.

"The Peacemakers Project aims to support organisations that work for peace using sport as a main tool in their approach," said Peace and Sport's President and founder Joël Bouzou.

"Peace and Sport is proud to make its know-how available to selected organisations through the Peace and Sport by MyCoach application and an M&E programme created in collaboration with leading universities. 

"We are also pleased to note the appeal of this programme to prestigious partners such as Danone, who will support the sustainability of this ambitious international programme."

The 10 partner organisations for the project are Terres-en-Mêlées, COP-Colombia, Fundación ADA, TIBU-Maroc, the National Olympic Committee of Burundi, All Black Hong-Kong, Naandi Foundation, APJS, AKWOS and RFI Clubs.

"We are all facing these unprecedented times and now, more than ever, is the time to join forces," said Florence Bossard, brand marketing director at Danone.

"For 20 years, the Danone Nations Cup has been much more than an international soccer competition, encouraging participants and partners to take action to make a positive impact in their communities. 

"Playing sports in these troubled times is crucial for the physical and mental health of children around the world. 

"The Danone Nations Cup is pleased to support the Peacemakers Project and to be able to help set up the infrastructure that will allow children to continue learning about life through sport via coaches who are experts in the rules of the game, but who are also sensitive to and aware of the values surrounding this sport, such as respect, inclusiveness and solidarity in victories as well as in defeats."