In August TUFF was invited to Iceland to meet with leading figures within the government, the Icelandic Football Association, town council representatives and key actors from sports clubs to discuss partnering with TUFF. Based upon recommendation, TUFF will do three pilot projects, involving the municipality of Kópavogur with two sports clubs and Leiknir sports club, starting in October 2017.
Iceland will be the first Nordic country to partner with TUFF.
Hrund Hafsteinsdottir, Director in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iceland will be leading the task force in Iceland.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson, has kindly agreed to support it, as well as the Ambassador of the United Kingdom to Iceland H.E. Michael Nevin, Mr Haraldur Johannessen, National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police and the President of the Icelandic Football Association, Mr Guðni Bergsson. Ambassador Nevin said that the initiative would be a “positive UK-Iceland partnership”. As in other countries where TUFF has partnered with local sports club, TUFF´s aim is to encourage integration, and raise awareness of Icelandic values, culture and identity through football. The project will effectively empower and support vulnerable young people by teaching them Icelandic such as tolerance, integration, individual liberty, gender equality, respect for other cultures and faith and rule of law and democracy. By this, they will better integrate into their communities.
During TUFF´s trip to Iceland, the team also met with the Ambassador of India in Iceland to discuss TUFF India and was invited to the Embassy of India to celebrate 70 years of India´s Independence.