“6:0 for the people against addictions”. Afterword.

 
 

Imagine in Sofia the addictions are beat once again. Moreover, for the sixth time (about the previous tournament here). And besides this time the whole three days. Also, we picked up a very solid company again. The “6:0 for the people against addictions” project is traditionally held early autumn on the basis of Bulgarian Football Union. But this time the agenda differed from the previous tournament editions.

"6:0 za horata"cup
The “6:0 for the people against addictions” Cup

Public discussion

The main event of  the first day was the meeting of heads of non-governmental structures that are working in the sphere of helping addicted people with the representatives of ministries and departments as well as foreign guests. Therefore the topic of the round table was “Cooperation of the non-governmental structures with state institutions with the participation of international experts”.

roundtable with Krasen Kralev
Nikolay Dykov, Georgy Fotakiev, Krasen Kralev & Grigor Mihnev

By the way, the meeting was opened by the Minister of Youth and Sports Mr. Krasen Kralev. “Sports is one of the major tool for prevention. Struggle with addiction among youth is the priority topic in the activity of Ministry for Youth and Sports”. “National program for youth activity” is one of our basic programs with the budget of BGN 2 million a year. ” In fact, this is a real counteraction to aggression and all kinds of addiction through the implementation of various measures”, – said Mr. Kralev to the participants of roundtable. Minister Kralev encouraged organizations struggling with this problem to nominate with their projects to get funding to support their activities.

Deputy minister of health – Svetlana Yordanova

Besides Minister with their presentations took speech representatives of National Focus Center, Bulgarian Orthodox Church, Bulgarian Football Union. Mrs. Svetlana Yordanova, deputy Minister of Health, read a letter of greeting from Health Minister. Besides them, colleagues from Greece and North Macedonia also shared their experience. Also there was a discussion with representatives of non-governmental organizations. One of the questions discussed was a question about the hot line which have already been working for over ten years and providing services free of charge. Although now it is almost closed. What should be done to prevent this? The meeting was closed by the presentation of the “6:0 for the people” project itself.

Training activities

Teodora Sizopoulou*s workshop
Teodora Sizopoulou’s workshop

This year for the first time workshops* on the following topics were held:

  • “My contribution”. Training was directly connected with the skill of working in the team. This was important as football is a team game.
  • “Therapeutic society”. This topic was relevant on the threshold of European Conference of Therapeutic Societies “EFTC 2019“.

*Workshop is a new form of training. Besides the responsibility for the result of training process is spread between the participants and the presenter. As expected, the participants of the event use their personal experience, professional knowledge and skills. Important is that the results of the activity is defined by the contribution of participants. Therefore, on the closing of workshop the group receives the certain tool, behavior model for the certain situation.

Marina Popova & Svetlana Velkova*s workshop
Marina Popova’s & Svetlana Velkova’s workshop

Our friends Marina Popova and Svetlana Velkova from “Solidarnost“(Sofia, Bulgaria) as well as Theodor Sizopulu from “Kethea Ithaki” (Thessaloniki, Greece) helped us in this.

Football battles

Sports is one of the major tool for prevention. Struggle with addiction among youth is the priority topic in the activity of Ministry for Youth and Sports

Official opening ceremonie of the tournament
Official opening ceremonie of the tournament

So nothing without football. Physical activity and sports are effective therapeutic instruments in working with addicted people. 10 teams. 3 groups. Over 100 participants. Bulgaria, North Macedonia, Greece, Russia and Ukraine.

The organisator*s team with the captain of winning team
The organisators’ team with the captain of winning team

The winner this time was the “Otvori ochi” team (Varna). They are to be the first who managed to win this title for the second time. Awards to winners were given by Mr. Stanislav Angelov (ex-football player of Bulgaria team and Football club “Levski”). “This is an honor for me to be here. I express my respect to each of you. I am ready to help you with everything I can , I am ready to lend a shoulder. This problem is close to my family as well”.

"Otvori ochi" - the 2019 cup winners
The winners 2019 – “Otvori ochi” (Varna)

Instead of an epilogue

This is an honor for me to be here. I express my respect to each of you. I am ready to help you with everything I can , I am ready to lend a shoulder. This problem is close to my family as well

And what is further? After holding this event we have an impression that we have room to grow. Also this is important that there are more of us. And most important we start to understand each other.

The closing ceremonie of the tournament
The closing ceremonie of the tournament

We are ready to cooperate with each other, with governmental institutions, partners and foreign organizations. If you did not attend please certainly come next time. Without doubt this is not about drugs and football, this is about people.

Rewarding tournament participants
Rewarding tournament participants

We hope to see you on the next tournament “7:0 for the people against addictions” 😀✌! P.S. Special thanks to Adrian Arnaudov for the tournament photos.

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