A Football Federation of Belarus (BFF) open day which was staged to dovetail with the Belarusian Super Cup match between FC BATE Borisov and FC Torpedo Zhodino proved a great success.
More than 100 children, 30% of whom were girls, took part in the event, representing the public schools of Minsk and other specialist sports colleges. The first part of the open day involved the youngsters, who had been split into several groups, receiving a tour of the BFF headquarters. They were shown around by BFF staff and coaches from the men and women's national teams.
The second part comprised a football festival in which all participants worked under the guidance of experienced instructors, coaches, former internationals and representatives of the referees' department. Activities included learning the role of a goalkeeper, working with the ball, basic and more advanced skills, and short matches.
The main objective of the day was to promote grassroots football and underline the BFF's work in championing the sport. One of the most successful aspects of the occasion was that it showed those accompanying the youngsters how to go about organising similar events.
Above all, the children took great pleasure from their participation – even from the simple act of having a ball at their feet – thus enhancing the game's long-term prospects. By bringing together boys and girls of different ages and social backgrounds, the festival also served as a way of integrating various groups at an early age.
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