Posted 15 Feb 2019
Street Child United Brazil unveil scuplture at Maracanã
Posted on the 5th November 2018
Sculpture, made in Cambridge, represents “birth certificate of football”
Young people from Street Child United Brazil (SCUB), who represented Brazil Girls at the Street Child World Cup 2014 and 2018 and the Street Child Games 2016, have unveiled a sculpture celebrating the creation of the rules of football to the Maracanã museum.
After unveiling the sculpture, the young people from SCUB had the opportunity to play football at the Maracanã, Brazil’s national stadium in Rio de Janeiro and the venue of the FIFA World Cup final in 1950 and 2014.
SCUB serves young people from the community of Complexo da Penha, in the north of Rio, where they built a football pitch and organize a football program for development. “Children have the honor of delivering this sculpture, a symbol that represents football all over the world. They will proudly introduce you to the Maracanã and be witnessed by visitors from all over the world. We are absolutely thrilled that the sculpture finds a home in one of the most iconic places in world football,” said Adam Reid, CEO of SCUB.
The sculpture was made in Cambridge by artists Alan Ward and Neville Gabie, as part of the Cambridge Rules 1848 project, commissioned by Cambridge City Council. The project celebrates the moment in 1848 when a group of Cambridge University students wrote a set of 11 rules for football and nailed them to the trees surrounding Parker’s Piece – a park in Cambridge . From there, the beautiful game was born and spread to every corner of the world.
Ward and Gabie cut one large stone into nine sculptures – each face was engraved with the rules of football in various languages and fonts. Four of the sculptures remain in Cambridge on Parker’s Piece, whilst the remaining five are being shipped to countries that reflect how football has spread across the world.
Street Child United are delighted that four of the sculptures will be located with organisations who have taken part in our events: in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with SCUB, in Mombasa, Kenya with Glad’s House, in Cairo, Egypt with NAFAS and in Chennai, India with Karunalaya. The scultpure in the Maracanã is the first to arrive at its new home.
The sculpture in the Maracanã will be part of the itinerary of the stadium tour, which recieves more than 100 thousand visitors each year. The British Consul in Rio de Janeiro, Simon Wood, recalled that Brazil and the United Kingdom have a long and lasting relationship through football: “Charles Miller, the father of Brazilian football, had British parents and learned the game whilst studying in the UK, before bringing a ball and set of rules to Brazil. Sending one of the nine sculptures here is a demonstration of the importance the country has for the United Kingdom. I hope these ties between the two nations will continue and thrive.”