On December 11, St. Petersburg hosted the closing ceremony of the jubilee X International tournament on mini-football for children from orphanages and boarding schools in the framework of the nationwide project “Mini-football – to school!”
The event was attended by Chairman of the DPR People’s Council Denis Pushilin, deputy of the DPR People’s Council Vladimir Chekun, Minister of Youth Policy, Sports and Tourism of the DPR Mikhail Mishin.
The head of the organizing committee, the president of the autonomous non-profit organization “Sports club of football development “Victoria-St.Peter”” Valery Kalugin expressed the hope that the tournament could allow the young participants not only to showcase their athletic skills, but also make friends from different regions of Russia, as well as from abroad.
“I’m both happy and sad to say that today is the last day of the tournament. I hope that football battles, new friendship acquaintances with people from other countries and regions, and culture of our great city will remain in your memory for a long time,” Valery Kalugin said.
Addressing the participants of the tournament, Denis Pushilin thanked the young athletes for a spectacular game.
“I have only most positive emotions from the tournament. The final games were at very high level, all the participants are worthy, they fought spectacularly. I wish that there would be as many tournaments as possible to ensure that our young athletes would have more opportunities to demonstrate their skills and talents,” the speaker of DPR parliament said.
Following the results of the competition the team of Amvrosievka boarding school №4 of the Donetsk People’s Republic took second place in the tournament. Pupils of boarding school have been staying in St. Petersburg during the week, and they were engaged in the extensive entertainment programme.
The DPR’s delegation, which included Chairman of the DPR People’s Council Denis Pushilin, deputy of the DPR People’s Council Vladimir Chekun and Minister of Youth Policy, Sports and Tourism of the DPR Mikhail Mishin, took part in a number of demonstrational football matches. In particular, they took part in the football match of the football veterans, where the team “Severodvinsk – DPR” fought with the team from Latvia, as well as in an exhibition game in the team “Friends of tournament.”