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Credit Agricole Bank and Mastercard will renovate a football ground in Kharkiv under the social initiative «Pass the Ball»

17 April 2018

On 12 April, the campaign «Pass the Ball» by Mastercard with the participation of partners and the fabulous footballer Oleksandr Shovkovskyi was officially launched in Kyiv. In the course of drawing of lots, football grounds to be renovated under the project were distributed among the participants in the initiative. As a result of the drawing, Credit Agricole Bank together with Mastercard are going to renovate a football ground in Kharkiv at 142 Traktorobudivnykiv St.

«Both football and Mastercard’s social initiative are congenial to Credit Agricole Bank. Our global signature “A whole bank just for you!” and one of our key values, sustainable responsibility, mean that we care about the countries of our presence and invest in their development and recovery. The bank’s football team is a frequent winner of interbank tournaments. We are going to restore the football ground in Kharkiv together with our partner, thus making a real contribution to fulfilling sports dreams of Kharkiv inhabitants. Since we know that good results can only be achieved through joint and sustained efforts», — Tetiana Shapoval, head of Retail Business Development Department of Credit Agricole Bank, commented. 

Totally, as part of the project, Mastercard and partners will renovate 14 playgrounds in 12 cities of Ukraine: Brovary, Dnipro, Zhytomyr, Zaporizhia, Kyiv, Lviv, Odesa, Rivne, Kharkiv, Cherkasy, Chernivtsi and Chernihiv.

The key factors in selecting the playgrounds were as follows: location in a populous area of the city, open access for everyone interested, and the recommendations of local authorities. Renovation of the playgrounds will include the replacement of the field’s covering and the installation of new fences, as well as sports equipment.

"Every other Ukrainian sees a way to popularise football in the country, by means of the renovation of sports infrastructure, these are the conclusions of our research. Therefore, we, together with our partners, focus on renovating sites that serve the community for many years and will be starting new football stories. We are grateful to our partners who supported the initiative on behalf of the birth of new football legends", - said Natalia Baidala, marketing director at Mastercard in Ukraine.

A recent study, carried out by Mastercard, also showed that most of the respondents (84%) believe that the renovation of outdoor playgrounds will have a positive effect on local residents. In addition, 48% of Ukrainians are convinced that football unites friends and encourages people to meet new people. 43% of Ukrainians believe that football is a way to relax and relieve stress, and 17% have played football since their childhood.

About Credit Agricole:

PJSC «Credit Agricole Bank» is a modern universal bank owned by the leading financial group in Europe – Credit Agricole Group (France). The Group is a major partner of the French economy and one of the largest banking groups in Europe. It is a leading retail bank in Europe, having the largest portfolio of assets under management, being first in the field of ban insurance and third - in project financing in Europe. Credit Agricole has been operating in the financial market of Ukraine since 1993 and renders the entire range of banking services to private individuals, including premium-clients, and business. The Bank pays special attention to cooperation with agricultural enterprises. Reliability and business reputation of Credit Agricole in Ukraine is confirmed by the highest possible FITCH ratings, leading positions in bank sustainability, bank deposit reliability and bank profitability rankings, as well as by 300 000 active private and 18 000 corporate customers, including international corporations, large Ukrainian companies and representatives of small and medium business.


Viktoriia Torianyk, Head of PR and corporate communications Credit Agricole Bank.

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