Illia Kyva: Strong and healthy generation shaped on the football field
On April 15, the qualifying matches of the "A Million for a Stadium" tournament took place at the Bannikov stadium in Kyiv. There is UAH 1 million up for grabs in the finals of the tournament for the equipment of a new stadium in the city of the champion team.
This project was meant as an incentive to educate a strong and healthy generation, and children from large and poor families, families of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and children whose parents died during the anti-terrorist operation (ATO) were allowed to take part in the tournament.
"Boys must be able to win and fight. This is what makes them men. Our task is to make these guys real men and defenders. Every this day will make us stronger. This also applies to those children who, from an early age, took the path of offenses. That is why the juvenile justice is represented here. After all, sport is part of the educational process. We must take the children out of the street and teach them to live a healthy life, to educate the desire to be strong and sound in them, be protectors. It is very important to pay enough attention to sports education, because sports make people to stick to discipline," Head of the Socialist Party of Ukraine and President of the Ukrainian National Federation of Street Football Illia Kyva said.
He also said that on August 23, on the National Day of the Flag of Ukraine, the Ukrainian tournament "A Million for a Stadium" will start. "The winners will receive a million [hryvnias] to build a stadium in their city. Each team that wants to participate will be able to take part in the tournament," Kyva said.
"Each yard has a team that plays every day and supports each other. But not every yard has such a field. We - adults, representatives of the authorities - are obliged to do everything for unity, and the love of sport unites us," Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports of Ukraine Mykola Danevych said.
The organizers of the tournament are the Football Federation of Ukraine, the Ukrainian Federation of Street Football, the charity foundation "Development of Football in Ukraine". The event was held with the assistance of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the National Police.
Teams consisted of the young guys born in 2003-2006 took part in the tournament. Among them are Kyiv teams and Fakel (Torch) and teams of Kyiv region Cascade and Junior. The team of the winners of the first qualifying matches from Poltava Molod that won in friendly matches with Kyiv residents also came to the tournament.
Athletes of all participating teams were awarded with memorable diplomas, T-shirts and footballs. And the winners were awarded with cups and medals.
The Junior team was fourth,
the Danytsia was third,
the Fakel was second, and
the Cascade was first.
"I think that thanks to these competitions, our country will open talents in football. I and Illia already have some guys who thanks to these competitions have made their way and now are playing in the national junior teams of the country," First Vice-President of the Football Federation of Ukraine Vadym Kostiuchenko said.
All the costs related to the organization of football competitions were paid by the Football Federation of Ukraine and the Ukrainian National Federation of Street Football.