The pair, having just returned from Moscow where they attended the sixth Football For Friendship (F4F) program ahead of the FIFA World Cup, mingled with former Socceroo Paula Okon, former ABC sports newsreader Angela Pippos, and a swathe of key stakeholders within football in Victoria including businesses, clubs, media and government.
“We have come to spread the word about Football For Friendship at Football Federation Victoria’s Community in Business event - what it means to be involved in the program and what it’s all about,” Luca, a Rowville Secondary College student, said.
F4F is an annual international children’s social program which aims to promote essential values embodied by football with the younger generations, such as respect for other cultures and nationalities as well as equality.
Luca represented Australia as a player and was joined by Noah, an Overnewton Anglican Community College student who attended the event as a journalist.
The pair was among fellow 12-year-old football players and journalists from 211 countries and regions who took part in the 8-day program.
The initiative shown by Luca and Noah is a testament to the values learned whilst participating in this global social cohesion program, and will no doubt help grow F4F in Australia.