November 23th 2013 - A football tournament for tolerance

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On 23th November, the NGO Sport Sans Frontières will organise with the support of the Danish Refugee Council and SIDA a football tournament in Mitrovica. The tournament will gather around 80 children from 4 different communities: Albanian, Ashkali, Bosnian and Roma. It will be organised by young volunteers who have been trained on sport animation by Sport Sans Frontières.


Empowering and Educating through sport

Since 2008, Sport Sans Frontières Kosovo has trained hundreds of volunteers from different communities on sport animation.

Thanks to the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) and to Sida, 15 volunteers have been trained end October. They learned how to organise a football tournament for the children. The objective of the tournament is not competition: it aims to provide children with sport values such as fair play and solidarity. Children will form multiethnic teams. For them, sport will be a unique tool to meet their peers from other communities.


The event will take place in Australia Balloon in Mitrovica. The day will start at 10AM with an opening ceremony. The children will form 16 teams. The first phase of the tournament will take place from 10h45 to 11h45 and the second phase (finals) from 12h40 to 14h. At 2PM a closing ceremony will be organised.


Dafina Rudi, SSF Kosovo, 04 427 83 66,

Burim Nebihu, DRC Mitrovica, +381 28 533 541,


The Danish Refugee Council project ‘Stabilization of Roma, Ashkalia and Egyptian (RAE) Communities Project’ in Roma Mahalla Mitrovicë/Mitrovica started in 2009. It combines economic development with activities geared towards community development. Activities are implemented through a number of local partners and the project is funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).  Read more about  DRC Kosovo projects .