Visa 2018 Financial Football Championship sees spectacular finale

12:01 | 06/08/2018

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

visa 2018 financial football championship sees spectacular finale
The winners of Visa 2018 Financial Football Championship

Visa and the Central Committee of Vietnam Students’ Association (CCAVSA) held the final event of their football-themed Practical Money Skills programme yesterday.

More than 1,000 students attended the grand final held at Ho Chi Minh City Youth’s Cultural House and witnessed students from Dong Nai Technology University take home VND39 million (1,674) in prizes, including two tickets to the Asian Football Championship in Thailand.

This year, the competition has reached a new level, with more than 1,500 students participating in events held at universities across the country, and nearly 1,400 submissions via online channels, which is double compared to last year.

The programme kicked off in Hanoi and went on the road to 36 universities in Haiphong, Danang, Can Tho, Dong Nai, and Binh Duong and many other provinces, expanding the programme’s physical reach. Moreover, this year’s programme featured prominent celebrities, such as badminton player Pham Hong Nam and football commentator Tu Linh, who acted as ambassadors, bringing a fresh and energetic inspiration to Financial Football 2018, spreading the spirit to millions of students nationwide.

visa 2018 financial football championship sees spectacular finale
Visa handing out valuable prizes to the winners

Sean Preston, Visa country manager for Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos, said: “With the FIFA World Cup 2018 happening this year, now is the perfect time to weave Financial Football into our programme to introduce and reinforce important financial concepts in a fun and engaging way."

Preston added that he felt positive to see students across the country taking part in the programme this year. The financier hoped that students had a great time and picked up financial knowledge that will benefit them throughout their lives.

visa 2018 financial football championship sees spectacular finale

Sean Preston from Visa hoped that more students will gain financial literacy after having a good time at the Championship

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 instalment of the programme started in April, and has seen students across the country taking part in tournaments based around “Financial Football,” a fast-paced video game in which players answer questions about money management.

Nguyen Minh Triet, permanent vice chairman of CCVSA, said that the success of this programme is testament to the organisers' determination to provide financial literacy to students, demonstrating close cooperation between Visa and CCVSA.

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