Goal-scoring Chileans in Italy
On October 16, eight of the 44,000 fans that crowded the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, had actually crossed the ocean to watch the match from around the pitch. They are young players of the Independencia team that won the Copa Chilectra in 2016.
You cannot miss them, because not only are they wearing red and blue tracksuits marked “Chile” on the back, but they also have an exceptional companion: Ívan Zamorano, a star player for Inter and Real Madrid, and a legend in Chilean football.
The eight youngsters from Santiago de Chile visited San Siro as part of the prize they were awarded for having won the championship organised by Chilectra – Enel’s Chilean subsidiary–, UNICEF, the Zamorano Foundation and Senda y Carabineros de Chile.
15 years of sports and education
Copa Chilectra’s story began in 1994 with the intuition that it was possible to recover public spaces within the barrios of Santiago in order to provide young people with nicer and safer places to play in.
It was a short step from lighting football pitches in the city’s working-class neighbourhoods to organising the first championship.
Once the project to develop the canchas de fútbol was completed, after nearly eight years, all that was needed was to network the communities, involving them in asocial inclusion event organised first and foremost to educate young people in the values of sports and keep them away from the scourge of drugs.