Russian football stars came to Yekaterinburg


As part of the “Football at School” project, football legends came to Yekaterinburg
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The legends of Russian football came to Yekaterinburg to give a master class to the students of school No. 52 of Elizavetsin district. The event was organized with the support of TMK as part of the “Football at School” project, which started last year. According to ex-football player of the Russian national team Ruslan Pimenov, in the future new superstars will appear in Russia thanks to the project.

Football at school project.  Yekaterinburg

Now about 80 children attend the football section at the school on Lizaveta

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Before the game, the presenter asked the students a question: do they like football? The boys shouted a confident “yes”. Then the students were divided into groups for warm-up. The training was conducted by star guests – ex-footballers Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, Ruslan Pimenov, Nikita Bazhenov, Alena Tserakhava, world beach soccer champion Boris Nikonorov, as well as current player of FC “Ural” Aleksey Gerasimov.

“First of all, we teach positive things, make people fall in love with sports, and not only football, maybe someone will go to basketball, tennis and so on. The most important task is to take them away from the yard. To put it bluntly, we want to show the boys by our example that it is possible to reach certain heights, we just need hard work and good studies at school, which is also important,” said Pimenov.

Football at school project.  Yekaterinburg

According to Ruslan Pimenov, in 5-10 years the boys will prove themselves, in the future they can grow into real stars.

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According to the ex-player of the Russian national team, the “Football at School” project aimed at popularizing children’s football will definitely affect the development of this sport at the professional level. “It won’t be a one-second shot of superstars, but in 5-10 years, one of these guys will definitely prove himself. How were we recruited before? We went to schools, to different sections, and looked to see who the big ones were, the quick ones… Then this moment was a little missed, and now we are returning to this idea that once worked,” added Pimenov.

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According to Aleksei Gerasimov, the main advice for current schoolchildren is to work hard

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As the star players said, promising guys can be seen immediately by their ability to work with the ball. Those who are really talented are noted, they are definitely told how to develop further.

“There are talented guys, the most important thing is to work, to try, and everything will work out”, – the player of “Urals” Alyaksei Gerasimov is confident.

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Promising guys video immediately

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In addition to the boys, there was also one girl on the football field. As Alena Tserakhava pointed out, in fact, there are a lot of girls who play football in Yekaterinburg. And women’s football has great prospects. There are already women’s clubs that are very popular.

“These trips give me a chance as the coach of the women’s team to show the girls what can be achieved in football, to show them that they should practice, not be afraid, that they can train with the boys, and that, in my opinion, is great. I come and show by my personal example that the girls are motivated for classes,” Tserakhava commented.

Football at school project.  Yekaterinburg

Alena Tserakhava spoke about the prospects of women’s football

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As the director of school No. 52 Yulia Barashkina told, within the framework of the “Football at school” project, for all students, starting from the first grade, instead of the third hour of physical education a week, a football lesson is held. For those who want to play this sport more seriously, there is a football section. Now it is one of the most popular: about 80 children attend training.

“I expect that after this training the number of children will increase from 80 to 180. Well, we will certainly create the necessary conditions. It is important for me that children play sports, and not sit in computer games,” said the director.

Football at school project.  Yekaterinburg

Last year, 150 schools were involved in the project, this year it is planned to connect more than two thousand more.

Photo: Uladzimir Zhabrykau © URA.RU

The “Football at School” project was launched by the Russian Football Union and the Pipe Metallurgical Company (TMK). This sport is popularized not only thanks to games with famous athletes. Since the existence of the project, many schools have turned into real football centers, where sections and clubs are organized. Necessary ammunition was purchased there for young athletes: swords, goals and other equipment.

Last academic year, 150 schools (more than 29,000 schoolchildren) joined the project. About half of them are girls. In 2022, more than two thousand schools (more than 250 thousand schoolchildren) are planned to be included in the program.

Football at school project.  Yekaterinburg

The project “Football at school” is implemented with the support of TMK

Photo: Uladzimir Zhabrykau © URA.RU

“The geography of the “Football Lesson” project is very wide, and what is especially valuable for us, is partially concentrated in the cities where TMK is present. The legends of Russian football come to megacities and small towns, to villages and villages – where there are boys passionate about football. It is important for us that children try their hand, that they have the opportunity to realize themselves in professional sports or simply to grow up healthy and strong. For TMK, project support is an important element of social responsibility,” commented Andrei Dryvasekau, head of TMK’s administrative department.

After the game, students were able to take pictures with their idols and get their autographs. In addition, football players answered the questions of young athletes. Students were awarded commemorative prizes for the questions that were recognized as the best.

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The legends of Russian football came to Yekaterinburg to give a master class to the students of school No. 52 of Elizavetsin district. The event was organized with the support of TMK as part of the “Football at School” project, which started last year. According to ex-football player of the Russian national team Ruslan Pimenov, in the future new superstars will appear in Russia thanks to the project. Before the game, the presenter asked the students a question: do they like football? The boys shouted a confident “yes”. Then the students were divided into groups for warm-up. The training was conducted by star guests – ex-footballers Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, Ruslan Pimenov, Nikita Bazhenov, Alena Tserakhava, world beach soccer champion Boris Nikonorov, as well as current player of FC “Ural” Aleksey Gerasimov. “First of all, we teach positive things, make people fall in love with sports, and not only football, maybe someone will go to basketball, tennis and so on. The most important task is to take them away from the yard. To put it bluntly, we want to show the boys by our example that it is possible to reach certain heights, we just need hard work and good studies at school, which is also important,” said Pimenov. According to the ex-player of the Russian national team, the “Football at School” project aimed at popularizing children’s football will definitely affect the development of this sport at the professional level. “It won’t be a one-second shot of superstars, but in 5-10 years, one of these guys will definitely prove himself. How were we recruited before? We went to schools, to different sections, and looked to see who the big ones were, the quick ones… Then this moment was a little missed, and now we are returning to this idea that once worked,” added Pimenov. As the star players said, promising guys can be seen immediately by their ability to work with the ball. Those who are really talented are noted, they are definitely told how to develop further. “There are talented guys, the most important thing is to work, to try, and everything will work out”, – the player of “Urals” Alyaksei Gerasimov is confident. In addition to the boys, there was also one girl on the football field. As Alena Tserakhava pointed out, in fact, there are a lot of girls who play football in Yekaterinburg. And women’s football has great prospects. There are already women’s clubs that are very popular. “These trips give me a chance as the coach of the women’s team to show the girls what can be achieved in football, to show them that they should practice, not be afraid, that they can train with the boys, and that, in my opinion, is great. I come and show by my personal example that the girls are motivated for classes,” Tserakhava commented. As the director of school No. 52 Yulia Barashkina told, within the framework of the “Football at school” project, for all students, starting from the first grade, instead of the third hour of physical education a week, a football lesson is held. For those who want to play this sport more seriously, there is a football section. Now it is one of the most popular: about 80 children attend training. “I expect that after this training the number of children will increase from 80 to 180. Well, we will certainly create the necessary conditions. It is important for me that children play sports, and not sit in computer games,” said the director. The “Football at School” project was launched by the Russian Football Union and the Pipe Metallurgical Company (TMK). This sport is popularized not only thanks to games with famous athletes. Since the existence of the project, many schools have turned into real football centers, where sections and clubs are organized. Necessary ammunition was purchased there for young athletes: swords, goals and other equipment. Last academic year, 150 schools (more than 29,000 schoolchildren) joined the project. About half of them are girls. In 2022, more than two thousand schools (more than 250 thousand schoolchildren) are planned to be included in the program. “The geography of the “Football Lesson” project is very wide, and what is especially valuable for us, is partially concentrated in the cities where TMK is present. The legends of Russian football come to megacities and small towns, to villages and villages – where there are boys passionate about football. It is important for us that children try their hand, that they have the opportunity to realize themselves in professional sports or simply to grow up healthy and strong. For TMK, project support is an important element of social responsibility,” commented Andrei Dryvasekau, head of TMK’s administrative department. After the game, students were able to take pictures with their idols and get their autographs. In addition, football players answered the questions of young athletes. Students were awarded commemorative prizes for the questions that were recognized as the best.

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