The Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation Supports a Series of Russian Football Union Events to Promote Grassroots and Youth Football

17 February 2014

The growth and popularisation of grassroots and youth football in Russia is an area of special interest for the Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation. In 2013, with the Foundation’s support, the Russian Football Union (RFU) hosted a series of large-scale sporting events.

In the period from 18 to 26 May as part of the “Day of Grassroots Football” a children’s football festival was held at a number of Moscow schools. At each site, nearly 100 children performed training exercises to develop various football techniques, with the guidance of experienced coaches. At the same time, the following events took place in the Moscow Region: A Street Football Festival at Vidnoe, and a Youth Football Festival at Schyolkovo. A round-the-clock “Match of the Century” between student teams took place in Dolgoprudny.

On 22-26 May, 2013, the finals of the 8th National “The Future Depends On You” Competition for Football Teams from Children’s Homes were held in Sochi. 200 children competed for the main prize of the tournament — a trip to London to visit Arsenal football club.

The summer months of 2013 were marked by heated football battles over the course of The Leather Ball mass sporting event. It took place from June 16 to September 15 in Tuapse, Rostov-on-Don, Volgograd and Krasnodar. In total, The Leather Ball attracted more than 500,000 young footballers from nearly 40,000 school teams and youth clubs in 2013.

The RFU also works on training and promoting football players with disabilities. From 7 to 9 August, with the support of the Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation, the RFU Cup for amputee players was organised and took place in Volgograd.

The Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation also supported the Leather Ball-2013 International Football Tournament, which ended in Sochi on October 21. The tournament was attended by 13 teams from 9 countries. In the final match the Pskov “Brigantine” defeated Ukrainian “Kremen” with a score of 1:0. It was the first time a Russian team won this prestigious tournament. In previous years, the prize was given to Ukraine and Azerbaijan.

Another sports initiative supported by the Foundation was the Student Football Championship. The final tournament in St. Petersburg, on October 18-27, 2013, was attended by 16 male and 12 female university teams. The tournament was held at the city’s best stadiums — the Petrovsky Stadium, Nova Arena and Dynamo Stadium. The total number of finalists was around 500 athletes. The winning teams were: the women’s team from Moscow State Technical University and the men’s team from Kuban State University (Krasnodar).

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