CANCELLATION OF THE 2020 DANONE NATIONS CUP WORLD FINAL.
In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Danone Nations Cup cancels its World Final planned in October 2020 in Indonesia to ensure the safety of all participants. The Danone Nations Cup remains committed to changing the game for children during this crisis, acting with its partners and ambassadors to impact communities. As the world faces a pandemic that is affecting all of us, the Danone Nations Cup’s number one priority is to protect the health and safety of all tournament participants, parents, supporters, staff, volunteers, and partners. After coordinating with relevant authorities at local and global levels, and in line with the World Health Organization’s recommendations and local regulations, we decided - for the first time in our 20 years history - to cancel DNC. This was a difficult decision for us to make, considering that the Danone Nations Cup World Final has become one of the most anticipated annual events for millions of children and fans around the world. Following the development of the COVID-19 pandemic in South Africa in line with local regulations, local 2020 tournaments in South Africa are also cancelled and the next edition will be held in 2021. More than ever, we remain committed to changing the game for children and staying connected to you! With our partners and ambassadors, we will continue promoting sport as a force for good and encouraging children to become agents of change in their communities.
Our commitments include:
- Donating to the COMMON GOAL COVID-19 Response Fund to have an immediate impact on vulnerable communities around the world hit by the Coronavirus.
- Online communities that encourage kids to stay active and eat well by giving practical advice and fun challenges in partnership with DECATHLON® and its football brand, KIPSTA®.
- A partnership with the NGO Watering Minds, enabling 30,000 kids to access safe water in the aftermath of the crisis.
We will continue to organize this impactful competition both at local and global levels in 2021. We will work hard to make the 2021 a legendary edition, embarking more countries, more young girls and boys on this amazing adventure. Stay tuned!
The Danone Nations Cup is a lot more than just the biggest football tournament for girls and boys aged 10-12 across the globe. It promotes a healthy lifestyle.
It was initially born out of a vision to create a tournament at a global scale that brings together values and virtues (fair play, humanism, openness, proximity and enthusiasm) while encouraging children to strive for excellence in sports, going for their dreams and truly empower them as agents of change in order to build a sustainable future.
Since 2000, Danone has been the proud organizer of the Danone Nations Cup, the world's largest international soccer tournament for 10 to 12 year-olds. It's the World Cup for kids! South Africa has won in 2003, 2007 and 2009 – we have great talent!
World wide, each year:
- More than 2.5 million children
- From over 34,000 schools and 11,000 clubs from around the globe take part!
In South Africa, it reaches 3000 Schools from all 9 provinces. Touching the lives of about 36000 players every year. The tournament is driven by Danone’s commitment to provide a sustainable platform for children’s health and wellbeing. It is the way in which we put into practice our company’s mission of "bringing health through food to as many people as possible". The DNC encourages tomorrow’s generation to go further as World Citizens and be catalysts for positive societal change.