The Play Big Foundation is a grass roots NGO in Orange Walk Town with a branch in the US that seeks to empower at risk youths through sports, primarily football. The foundation recently donated several pieces of equipment to the Orange Walk District Football Association for the football academy. Fernando Sanchez is the Director of Play Big Foundation.


“Over the past months our colleagues in Dallas on the Play Big Foundation did some fundraising in Dallas; book drives and dollar drives and with that they came up with some money to buy footballs, they bought thirty cones and some smaller round cones to donate to the Football Academy which will be opened here in Orange Walk under the FFB project to develop the football in Belize. We want the participation of different businesses in Orange Walk but right now it is solely a Belizeans living in Dallas/Orange Walk connection.”

President of the Orange Walk Football Association, Rafael Avila, says that the donation will play a key role in the development of football in Orange Walk.


“Pretty soon we will be launching the football academy here in the district. As we speak, it is being launched all over the nation of Belize. Today is Dangriga, next week will be Cayo and on the 25th it will be in Orange Walk. We are aiming at having our youths get to use the equipment and improve on the talent they have in order for them to go to another level and eventually to an international level.”