British Embassy holds ‘Time Out for Football’ in Zambo PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 June 2012 13:47

The British Embassy is holding a series of events dubbed as “Time Out for Football!” to celebrate the UN Resolution on the Olympic Truce. The events started on June 16 and 17  football clinic at the Joaquin Enriquez Sports Complex, Zamboanga City.

The clinic was held jointly by the Embassy and the city government in cooperation with the Zamboanga Football Association and Team Ventures. Around 100 school children participated. They come from different backgrounds, to reflect a mix of different faiths, cultures and ethnicity. Ten coaches and five assistant coaches trained the children during the clinic. Mini game were held where trophies and medals were awarded to the winners to include limited football items.

The activity supports diversity and inclusion, values at the heart of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Today,  June, 19  a football invitational tournament will bring together 120 players from stakeholders of lasting peace, including representatives from civil society, government and the diplomatic community. The symbolic match will demonstrate the power of sport and the Olympic spirit, as nations across the globe set aside their differences to come together and celebrate humanity and soiidarity in London this July.

Teams that will participate are the Sta Maria Football Club, Air Force Football Club, Aguila Football Club, WMSU Football Club, Zamboangueños Football Club, Basti Football Club, and others.

The UN Resolution on the Olympic Truce was inspired by the ancient 9th Century BC Greek tradition of Ekecheiria (“Olympic Truce”), which calls for a truce during the Olympic Games to encourage a peaceful environment and ensure safe passage and participation of athletes and relevant persons at the Games, thus mobilizing the youth of the world in support of peace. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) revived the Truce in 1992 and the first United Nations (UN) General Assembly Resolution was passed.

The United Kingdom sponsored the record breaking UN Resolution on the Olympic Truce entitled “Building a peaceful and better world through sport and the Olympic ideal” for the 2012 London Olympic and Paraiympic Games, in an unprecedented show of support, all 193 UN Member States co-sponsored the Resolution at the UN in New York, signing up to the  the ideals of peace and conflict resolution and the premise that individuals, not countries, compete against each other in sport in peaceful competition without the burden of politics, religion, or facism, in the run-up to the 2012 Olympic Truce events wiii lake piace accross the globe.

Aside from football games, the British Embassy also opened a photo contest for high school and college students who are enrolled in the current school year.

The theme for the photo contest is Friendship through Sports and the prizes are: 1st prize — P3,000, 2nd prize — P, 2000 and 3rd — P 1,000.

A contestant may submit a maximum of five entries, the winning photographs become property of the British Embassy, all entries should be e-mailed to timeoutforfootball@gmail.com, all participants must LIKE the “British Embassy Manila” Facebook page in order to know the winners, the winners will be announced by June 30, 2012, and the Deadline of submission of entries will be on June 22, 2012. (R.G. A A. Go)