After making waves in Copenhagen, Saudi all-girls Green football team, The Green won second place at the Global Goals World Cup (GGWCup) tournament in New York City, on the side-line of the United Nations General Assembly.
Earlier this year, The Greens were established by the Saudi Sports for All Federation headed by Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed bin Talal Al Saud, to promote sports and wellness measures across all of Saudi society. HRH Princess Reema Bint Bandar Al Saud, Saudi Ambassador to the United States, showcased her support for the Greens team by participating in a panel discussion organized by the GGWCup on the role of sport in achieving UN Sustainable Development Goal No. 5.
Princess Reema also took to Twitter to share the happy news of the team’s win. “So proud @greens_saudi won 2nd place at @ggwcup in NYC, on the sideline of #UNGA. This @Saudi_FSA initiative highlights sports impact on global issues,” she wrote.
— Reema Bandar Al-Saud (@rbalsaud) September 26, 2019
“The Greens’ participation in the Global Goals World Cup demonstrates the Kingdom’s commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and shows how sports and fitness can play a role in confronting our shared environmental challenges,” said HRH Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed bin Talal Al Saud, President, SFA in a statement. “Under Vision 2030, Saudi Arabia has made the environment and the overall health of our citizens a top priority,” Prince Khaled continued.
They qualified for the New York leg of the event, after their successful participation in the Global Goals World Cup held in Copenhagen, Denmark in May 2019. The all-girls football team marched into Copenhagen in custom Arwa Al Banawi outfits printed on the back with ‘We Are A Kingdom’ in capital letters as well as Arabic calligraphy.
On their Instagram, the team had spoken out about their experience at the tournament. “It was the first time for us to participate in the GGWCup. We met teams from all around the world who came to join forces to achieve sustainable development goals. Some worked to reduce inequalities, others worked for green energy, and we worked for Life on Land. What was important was to see the power of sports bringing nations together for peace, working for our earth, and sharing experiences,” they wrote.