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Calcio Insieme ('Football Together') is a Roma Cares programme, run in conjunction with the ASD Accademia di Calcio Integrato, which supports children from 6-16 who have cognitive disabilities.

Since 2015, around 280 children with various mental conditions - ranging from autism, to dispraxia and cerebial gigantism - have been involved in the project, which aims to provide a safe space for children to play football.

The group sessions not only improve the children's physical fitness and motor function, but also enable them to improve their social skills and self-confidence in a welcoming environment.

The project is made possible thanks to a dedicated team of coaches, therapists and instructors who work closely with the children and their families - along with their schools - to help them make progress.

To learn more, click here to visit the Accademia di Calcio Integrato.

A Scuola di Tifo ('A School for Fans') is a Roma Cares project focused on school students of all ages.

With the help of members of the first team squad, who regularly make visits to schools around the city, students are taught about the importance of fundamental qualtiies like sportsmanship, respect and equality. 

As part of the programme, kids take part in a workshop where, with the guidance of a counsellor, they are taught the core principles of the project and engage in discussions about the importance of confronting bullying, racism and other social issues.

The students involved then receive a visit from members of the first team squad, who hand out their diplomas - while also posing for photos and answering their questions on many subjects.

At the time of writing, over 50 schools and 3000 children have taken part in the project.

    Calcio Con il Cuore ('Football From the Heart') is a project dedicated to teaching children around the city the basics of first aid care - along with the donation of defibrillators, and how to use them, to local sports clubs.

    The project is an attempt to address to problem of sudden deaths during sporting activity as the result of heart problems, with kids given basic guidance on what to do in such situations.

    At the end of the course, which is run by a qualified health professional, the schools and clubs involved receive a defibrillator to keep within the building.

    The project is currently active in over 15 districts of the capital.

    This project works closely with the club's football schools, focusing on the youngest members and their parents.

    The aim of the project is to transmit the ideas of fair play and positive support, ensuring children grow up to support their teams without resorting to abuse or any forms of violence.

    Every December, Roma Cares organises the initiative Toys Day - which takes place at Roma Stores, academy centres and soccer schools around the city.

    Members of those academies - or shoppers in one of the club's stores - are invited to donate new or used toys, which will then be distributed by club staff and players to sick children in hospitals around the city.

    To date almost 2000 young patients have received gifts, thanks to the generosity of others.

    Since the start of 2015, the non-profit Equoevento has taken delivery of all the waste or excess food from the hospitality areas at the Stadio Olimpico, for redistribution among communities in the city.

    To date over 35,000 meals have been distributed among canteens and shelters at spots throughout the capital - including Vo.re.co, Misericordia Appio Tuscolano, Chiesa della Natività, Santa Lucia, Regina Mundi, Comunità di Sant'Egidio, San Valentino and Esercito della Salvezza.

    Equoevento is the first non-profit of its kind in Italy, and Roma were the first club to get involved in the process of assisting them with redistributing any unused food following home matches.

    Learn more about Equoevento here

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