Milan, 30 August 2021 – A week of sport under the watchful eye of some exceptional trainers for the inmates of the “Cesare Beccaria” Institute for Young Offenders in Milan. The Mediobanca Group Sport Camp, a project developed to promote social inclusion and facilitate the inmates’ reintegration to society through the values of sport, returns to the Institute for the week from 30 August to 3 September.
Now in its fifth year, the Camp, which is promoted by the Mediobanca Group in conjunction with CUS Milano Rugby, will see around thirty young people aged between 14 and 24 try their hand at a variety of different sports, including rugby, football, swimming, basketball and athletics. The idea is to bring sport in the fullest sense of the term back to the Institute, to teach the young people who take part some positive values that will help them to grow, such as mutual respect, learning to play by the rules and team spirit.
This year the Italian rugby star Diego Dominguez and his staff will once again be present to motivate and encourage the participants, co-ordinating and presiding over the activities everyday. They will be assisted in this by volunteers from the Mediobanca Group, who will take part in the event and be participating in the training sessions throughout the week.
“The astonishing success of Italian sportsmen and women in 2021 has provided yet another reminder of the importance of sport and of sporting values. Sport is able to inspire young people like almost nothing else in the world”, said Giovanna Giusti del Giardino, Mediobanca Group Sustainability Manager. “Our aim with the Mediobanca Group Sport Camp is to give these young people a unique experience, one that can help make a difference to their lives. This is why we’re delighted to be coming back to the Beccaria Institute for the fifth time, with Diego Dominguez and the rest of the trainers, hopefully bringing these values with us. We’re also very proud to have a group of volunteers here from Mediobanca, as further proof that commitment to social inclusion and concern for our communities are ideals embraced by the whole of our Group.”
Special guest at the camp in this is fifth year is the footballer Stefano Nava, ex-AC Milan, who commented: “Education and sport go hand in hand. Playing sport allows you to learn a set of values that are vital for growth, personal and collective. For these young people this experience will help them recover some of the values of sharing and socialization, forge bonds with their team-mates, and learn what it means to be part of a team”.