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Young players score at Visa's 2018 financial football championship

Released at: 17:34, 08/08/2018

Young players score at Visa's 2018 financial football championship

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More than 2,000 students from universities all over the country improved their money management skills by taking part in Visa's Financial Football 2018.

by Khanh Chi

Visa and the Central Committee of Vietnam Students’ Association (CCVSA) last week held the final event of their football-themed Practical Money Skills program, with a digital football tournament to encourage financial literacy, at the Ho Chi Minh City Youth’s Cultural House.

More than 1,000 students attended the grand final, where students from Dong Nai Technology University took home nearly $1,700 in prizes, including two tickets to the Asian Football Championship in Thailand.

Over the course of its six-year history, Practical Money Skills has reached millions of young adults across Vietnam, equipping them with vital financial skills that will provide ongoing benefits throughout their lives. This year’s installment of the program started in April and has seen students taking part in tournaments based around “Financial Football”, which is a fast-paced video game in which players answer questions about money management.

“With the FIFA World Cup held this year, now was the perfect time to weave Financial Football into our program to introduce and reinforce important financial concepts in a fun and engaging way,” said Mr. Sean Preston, Visa Country Manager for Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. “It’s been really positive to see so many students across the country taking part in the program this year, but more than just being a series of enjoyable events, we believe that the knowledge students have picked up here will benefit them throughout their lives.”

The competition reached a new level this year, with more than 1,500 students participating in events held at universities around the country, and nearly 1,400 submissions via online channels, which is double the number in the same program last year.

The program kicked off in Hanoi and went on the road to 36 universities in Hai Phong, Da Nang, Can Tho, Dong Nai, and Binh Duong and many other cities and provinces, expanding the program’s physical reach. Moreover, this year’s program featured prominent personalities such as badminton player Pham Hong Nam and football commentator Tu Linh as ambassadors, bringing inspiration to Financial Football 2018 and spreading the spirit to millions of students nationwide.

“The program has been run annually in Vietnam since 2012,” said Mr. Nguyen Minh Triet, Vice Chairman of CCVSA. “This year, in order to meet the needs of students, the Organizing Committee continued to draw inspiration from the king of sports to organize the Practical Money Skills program for students through the Financial Football 2018 tournament. The success of the Practical Money Skills program this year is testimony to the true determination of students in the organization to attain practical social skills and also demonstrates the close cooperation between Visa and CCVSA.”

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