At 11.00 a.m. Wednesday, Prime Minister Erna Solberg arrived at Ekebergsletta and Norway Cup. With the Secretary-General Tony Isaksen, Assistant Secretary-General of UN Thomas Gass, Chairman of Norway Cup Paal Karstensen and national team player Ingrid Marie Spord, she got a tour around the schoolyard at Ekeberg Primary School.
It was a special moment when the prime minister and the grandmother of Norway Cup Rigmor Andresen (95) met. Rigmor served as chairman when Norway Cup was established and was an avid advocate to recruit more girls into sports. Prime Minister Erna Solberg says she sees a fantastic development with girls in sports, especially in soccer.
– We want even more girls in higher positions and leadership roles, she continues.
The trip continued to the Clearing and Bike Department, where volunteers during Norway Cup work shifts. The children got the chance to greet the Prime Minister, who was more than happy to take some selfies with the volunteers.
– We are very good when it comes to voluntary work in the Nordic countries, and especially in Norway, Erna Solberg says.
The Prime Minister entered the field where the finals at Norway Cup will be played. This is also where the celebrity match of the year was held Wednesday at noon. She launched the celebrity match together with Tony Isaksen and Ole Robert Reitan, with a sole focus on the UN’s sustainability goals.
–We will make sure that in the future, the world will provide wonderful and new opportunities for children who grow up, Erna Solberg adds.
Furthermore, she explains that the Norway Cup focuses on the sustainability goals by using the sustainability ball in all soccer matches during the tournament.
Ole Robert Reitan says he is very proud to be one the main sponsors of Norway Cup and looks forward to working on sustainability goals further. The Prime Minister herself would be the team leader for Team Global Goals during the celebrity match and looked forward to the task.
– I hope, of course, that Team Global Goals scores the most, she smiles.
Text/Photo: Helene Thomsgård
Photo: Lilly Christin Persson
Translated by: Iben Carnhed and Andrea Soot
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