In December 2021, a FIFA Foundation delegation led by CEO Youri Djorkaeff visited Peru to see first-hand the results of the USD 500,000 contributed by the Foundation to aid recovery efforts and reinstate sporting infrastructure following the devastating floods and landslides in 2016 and 2017.
The visit to the three new facilities – in Chancay, Trujillo and Chiclayo – followed an initial inspection visit by representatives of the FIFA Member Assocations Division in the immediate aftermath of the disaster. Following their assessment, arrangements were made under the Recovery Programme to organise and fund the restoration of the damaged sporting facilities.
With the active operational support of the division, the USD 500,000 allocated was mobilised to build three new artificial turf football pitches, the last of which was completed on 17 September 2021. The three facilities were built on the sites of the original stadiums and technical centres, and were installed in line with FIFA Quality Programme for Football Turf requirements.
Speaking at the opening event, which was also attended by Peruvian Football Association President Agustín Lozano,Technical Director Jean-Marcel Robilliard and regional league president Alfredo Brito, Djorkaeff said: “Young people now have their chance to shine across all of these regions and that can make you all very proud. We know very well the positive impact that our sport has on society, on physical and mental health, on education and on communities. And that’s why we are delighted to be here today speaking not mainly about damage, but recovery.”