The third annual memorial soccer tournament for players and fans of the LIGA TEREZIN took place
and left a strong impression of great success.
Football State in cooperation with the Emek Hefer Regional Council and Beit Theresienstadt (directed by Oded Breda), with the participation of 6 youth teams aged 13 – 15 from the Education and Social Activities groups of Hapoel Tel Aviv and teams from Emek Hefer did something never done before, they actually reconstructed part of the LIGA TEREZIN, held far away in the dark days in ghetto Theresienstadt. Both there and here the games were studied and summarized; dealing with the subject was an opportunity for ghetto inmates – some of which played, others were fans – to escape the difficult reality surrounding them and gave hope to their lives.
Before entering the lawn, the youngsters who came to our tournament got historical explanations about what had happened in the past; no doubt – the experience enriched them, this was the unanimous conclusion.
The soccer tournament is in fact a side event of this productive day that gave the children another perspective on life and we hope that this initiative will continue and become a tradition. (A report on the subject will be published on the website).
There was also soccer - we did not forget that - children aged 13-15 whose behavior was exemplary, nice and well-educated children for sure, good sports, fair play – that was doubtlessly the name of the game.
The tournament was won after an impressive display by the team “Hagibor Terezin”, represented by children from Emek Hefer under the guidance of Vicky Glam
, the same team overcame in the final game the team “Hakoah” consisting of the Education Activities group of Hapoel Tel Aviv in Bat Yam.
In the semi-finals played the team “Dror” – that arrived from the Jordan valley and the team “Youth Care” represented by youngsters from Kiriat Malahi.
Places 5/6 were contested by the “Nesharim” team represented by children from Afula and “Maccabi Prague”- by Emek Hefer children.
I would like to summarize the tournament as a milestone in the development of the children’s personality, surely an experience each of us should have and especially young people.
A few reactions by councilors and trainers:
, soccer trainer of the Education Activities of Hapoel Tel Aviv in Upper Afula: “An interesting day, which instilled much knowledge”.
Arnon, trainer from Emek Hayarden: “In my opinion the children showed much interest, were active in conversation, it was enriching and exciting”. Arnon also said that he was touched by the fact that the children of his group showed so much interest and the guide at Beit Theresienstadt requested the participation of more groups.
, the councilor from “The Black Club” of Kiriat Malachi: “I learned much and the guys learned to see the full half of the cup, all in all a very enriching experience”.
The manager of Maccabi Emek Hefer, Vicky Glam
added: “I want to congratulate this initiative to organize a tournament the educational aim of which combines so excellently with the sportive aim, I believe and I am sure that it is very important that the youngsters get to know the Jewish heritage from the Holocaust and that they know that even in the most difficult days Jews did not forego soccer and culture; I hope that this welcome initiative of the teaching tournament will continue”.
, field director of the Educational and Social activities of Hapoel Tel Aviv said:
“The initiative and the project are welcome; it’s not a routine you encounter daily, that way to reach young people through soccer, is a creative way, correct and effective. The Educational and Social activities of Hapoel Tel Aviv deal all year round with educational contents and cooperation with Beit Theresienstadt is right on target, dealing with subjects we want to bequeath to youth; we hope for fruitful cooperation in the future, too.”
The tournament and the preceding instructional part were an eminent success.
See you next year,
Director, Northern District
[aug 25, 2011]
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