The Turkish Football Association (TFF) has arranged a large celebration of grassroots football for the weekend of the UEFA Champions League final, emphasising the link between the grassroots and the elite.
A total of 22 locations across Turkey will host day-long festivals of football over the weekend of 28-29 May as part of the TFF's celebrations for UEFA Grassroots Day, with a total of 7,000 youngsters expected to participate. Some events will also include specially arranged sections for the disabled.
It promises to be a busy summer for grassroots football in Turkey with a number of other events also planned. Around 15 special 'grassroots centres' will be open for six weeks, where boys and girls from the ages of ten to 12 can get basic football training. Additionally, a number of summer schools for children aged six to 14 run by clubs and municipalities will be active.
In July the TFF's 'Football Villages' programme will also take place. These one-week camps involve children from across the country being invited for an educational schedule involving football, drama studies and other recreational activities including chess. All of this summer's football fun in Turkey will be captured on film as the TFF's national grassroots photograph of the year competition is being held for a second year.
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