Fantastic victory! Czech postwomen conquered New York and became champions of the Global Goals World Cup 2019.
The Yellow Ladies, a team of female employees from the Czech Post, won the final of a unique world women’s tournament in support of the UN Global Goals and became world champions. The team qualified for the final of the Global Goals World Cup after winning a national round in the Czech Republic that was organized by the Association of Social Responsibility.
The first place and tremendous success was reached by the players from the Czech Post in the tournament organized in support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The tournament took place on Wednesday 25th September in New York during the UN General Assembly week. The postwomen defeated teams from all over the world. In the semi-final, they won on penalties against a team of refugees from Greece. In the final, they defeated a team of women from Saudi Arabia. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, an actor and UNDP Goodwill Ambassador, was the main referee.
The postwomen received congratulations on social media from the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Tomáš Petříček, and the Minister of the Interior, Jan Hamáček, who described their victory as “post offices’ Nagano”. “The atmosphere of the tournament was totally awesome. The postwomen played unbelievably well, they were really determined and put their hearts into the game. Some of them put on football shoes for the first time just a few months ago. They were strongly motivated by fighting for a good cause. They played for a better Czechia and they represented our country fantastically well at this event held during the Global Goals Week,” said Lucie Mádlová, director of the Association of Social Responsibility and Goodwill Ambassador of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who flew to New York as an organizer of the Czech tournament.
In total, 15 teams of women from countries all over the world (Canada, Denmark, Greece, India, United States of America) qualified for the final. Enthusiasm and determination to play for social causes were more important than athletic skills. The postwomen chose to play for the global goal of Good Health and Well-Being.
“After our win in Prague, we never imagined that we would play in the global final in New York and now the feeling of winning is just amazing. Our big dream came true,” said the team captain Markéta Pázlerová, who works as an administrator at a post office in Rakovník. The victory of the post office employees was also commented by the Czech Post’s director general Roman Knapp: “A classic says thank you, I did not expect that. But I am not a classic, I hoped and believed in them and the dream became a reality. Who else should be the winner than our women. Ladies, sincere congratulations, I am really proud of you. And frankly, as I know the soul of post people, I actually expected that.”
The female employees of the Czech Post qualified for the final at the national Global Goals World Cup Prague, a unique football tournament in support of the UN Global Goals that inspires and engages women from all over the world. The Czech tournament was organized by the Association of Social Responsibility, the largest initiative promoting Sustainable Development Goals in Czechia.
Each team played for one of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals. The Czech Post played for Good Health and Well-Being (SDG 3). This goal is considered by Czech people to be the most important one, according to a research conducted by the Association of Social Responsibility. In September 2015, all UN member states adopted the 2030 Agenda and committed to the SDGs. The agenda defines specific steps to tackle economic, environmental, and social issues.
Another team from the Czech Republic was also present at the New York tournament. Female players from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs played as the team FK Lvice Černín and ended up fifth. They played for Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions (SDG 16). Both teams were supported by Yemi A.D., an artist, choreographer and Goodwill Ambassador of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.