Cristian Saénz is one of the peace animators of the PeacemakersProject in Colombia, alongside the NGO Cop Colombia International. Cristian has been playing football for as long as he can remember, and his passion for football goes above all else. He said that “we need to believe in ourselves to achieve our dreams, and this is something that I want to teach to children. When I was younger, I wanted to become a professional soccer player. Today, my dream is to continue working as a sport trainer, and to help children to achieve their dreams through sport.” He also added “Usme, my hometown, needs more sports facilities. For all sports, and not only for soccer. Over the last few years, Colombian institutions have made efforts to provide more sports trainings in all sports disciplines. I believe that it is a good way to help build a better future for our country.”
“I consider sport as a great tool to break down social barriers and paradigms. My passion for soccer comes from my father and my grandfather, and I always found myself playing football in the parks, with sun, with rain, even in the mud. Over the years, my passion for football has kept growing."