Hungarian FARE partner prepares Roma kids for tournament25 March 2010

Some talented Roma kids are being prepared for a football tournament slated for 5th of May to be held at district 8 in downtown Budapest.

This tournament is part of activities organised by the Mahatma Gandhi Human Rights Organisation (MGHRO) in the framework of the FARE Eastern European Development Project leading up to the UEFA EURO 2012 in Poland and Ukraine.

Tagged Tolerance Tournament, the competition is expected to feature teams from 8 different schools attended by Roma and Non-Roma children whose ages range from 11 to 16.

This is the second tournament organised this year by MGHRO.

A reporter from Small Voice, the popular African community blog in Hungary, visited the training ground of one of the expected schools at Lokotos Menyhert ALT Iskola, where a coach hired by MGHRO, Amoudu Sane, works with the Roma Kids Football Club every Wednesday afternoon.

Small Voice had a chat with the youngsters most of who expressed their passion for football and the dream of becoming professionals when they grow up.

Kky Sndor, 13, who said that he liked scoring goals and whose favourite player is Ronaldhinho, would one day play professional football.

Jno Bla, aged 13, could not hide his joy as he explained that he awaited the tournament. Bla proved to be a master dribbler and goal getter during training. His favourite club is Real Madrid.

For Gulycs Dvid, 13, who is fan of Roberto Carlos, his team must win the competition. Rcz Dzsuli, 12, Szal Csaba, 11, Nyr Kroly, 13, also share the same sentiment as their team mates.

Most importantly, the boys are said to be well disciplined. They are doing well, admits the coach. Mr. Sane whose training is never completed without words of encouragement, told his players the importance of regular training.

Football is training. If you can't train, you can't play football. You have to listen to the coach, he instructed in English while his wife served as translator.

Together with other activities organised by the Mahatma Gandhi Human Rights Organisation, such as tolerance training in classrooms, Roma kids are developing better self-esteem and Hungarian kids are more friendly with their minority compatriots. This is obviously making it easier for the Roma kids to integrate into the society.