Over 1000 young people across the UK took part in this year’s 8372 Srebrenica Memorial Football Tournament which aimed to unite young people to play football on the 13th July in memory of the 8372 men and boys killed in the Srebrenica genocide.
Young people from across the country participated in the tournament which involved players in Bradford, Berkshire, Dorset, Leeds, Hampshire, Croydon, Bilston, Derby, Durham and Worcestershire.
A minute of silence was held before every match, allowing those present to reflect on the consequences of hatred and intolerance and the importance of building more cohesive communities in the UK.
At Sandhurst School in Berkshire, four schools competed in the girls and boys tournaments which were preceded by a moving and informative assembly and remembrance candle lighting ceremony. This gave all those involved the opportunity to learn more about Bosnia and the events that led up to the 1995 genocide in Srebrenica.
A message of support was provided by the England Women’s Football team who learnt about the history of Bosnia before playing in the region. Defender Casey Stoney said:
“It was very emotional and something that we should never forget. There are some incredible women in that country, some remarkable women that went through absolute hell but they’re still here to tell the tale and still fighting.”
This tournament was once again supported by Ambassador Asmir Begović, goalkeeper at Chelsea Football Club. Each school or club’s winning team will be entered into a prize draw to meet the footballer. Begović was himself forced to leave Bosnia as a child during the 1992-199 conflict. He 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.”
This year, the 8372 Srebrenica Football Tournament will be held on Wednesday 12th July.
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 our education resources here.
For other ways to get involved with Remembering Srebrenica check out our Primary Information sheet and Secondary Information sheet.
BENEFITS FOR SCHOOLS INCLUDE:
- Participation in the UK’s national 22nd Anniversary commemorations of the worst war crime in Europe since the Second World War;
- Powerful opportunity for young people to come together through sport to consider the possible outcomes of racism, intolerance and division;
- Active participation in a project designed to illustrate the importance of tolerance, respect for other cultures and the rule of law, we help to strengthen modern British society; and
- Opportunities for pupils to participate in high-profile national and regional memorial events.