Secondary schools invited to remember Srebrenica genocide with football tournament
Remembering Srebrenica is calling on UK secondary schools to take part in The 8-3-7-2 Srebrenica Memorial Tournament, which aims to unite young people to play football on the same day – Wednesday 13 July.
The tournament encourages pupils to learn lessons from the Srebrenica genocide, with the figure 8372 representing the number of individuals who lost their lives during the atrocity in eastern Bosnia-Herzegovina in July 1995.
This year, Kick It Out is supporting the tournament alongside The FA and tournament ambassador, Asmir Begović.
Remembering Srebrenica is inviting schools or youth groups to participate in their event by holding an 11 v 11 football game of their own on the same day as the tournament. Every match should be preceded by a one minute silence to remember the victims and survivors of the genocide and reflect on the lessons to be learned for the importance of tolerance and understanding here in the UK.
Where possible, teachers will be asked to read a short piece of scene setting text supplied by Remembering Srebrenica. Beyond this broad framework individual schools can tailor the event to their requirements.
One winning team will have the opportunity to meet Premier League footballer Asmir Begović.
The Chelsea goalkeeper, who was himself forced to leave Bosnia as a child during the 1992-1995 conflict, said: “The Srebrenica genocide was the worst war crime in Europe since the Second World War. It happened 21 years ago this July in my home country of Bosnia-Herzegovina.
“I’m proud to support Remembering Srebrenica’s 8-3-7-2 Tournament which brings young people together through football to remember the victims and survivors. It’s a really powerful way to help the next generation to learn about the importance of tackling hatred and intolerance. This will help us to build a stronger society around the world.”
You can sign up to the 8-7-3-2 Memorial Football Tournament here.
Remembering Srebrenica provides resources such as assembly aids prior to the tournament, stickers for every player and a certificate of participation for every school. Download its education resources here.