From London, the first venue of a football match, to the World Cup venue in Moscow, “the Ball 2018” has been on the road for a few days. On Good Friday the international action for respect and fair play will stop in Eupen. Within the framework of the European project “SAVE It” KAS Eupen as one of the partners of the initiative will organize together with “Spirit of Football” 2 workshops in the Royal Athenaeum. Additionally a football fair play tournament for a total of around 60 students. Similar to the Olympic Torch, “The Ball” will be traveling from London to Moscow between the 25th of March and 28th of June 2018 and touch 16 countries. Eupen will be the only Belgian stop of this ball trip. Prime Minister Oliver Paasch will visit the workshops in the Athenaeum and sign the ball.
The two workshops for 50 students each begin on Friday morning at 08:40 and 10:30. Interactive team games are offered, where the attention of young people for teambuilding and fair play should be awakened and strengthened. In the afternoon, these values will be implemented in a fair play tournament for mixed teams. Finally, all participants sign “The Ball 2018”, which symbolizes a fair play contract.
“The Ball” action has been held since 2002 in the run-up to the World Cup and was signed in 2014 as a ball of peace by 18,500 active supporters from 25 different countries. This year, the coach of Liverpool Jürgen Klopp is one of the signers of the ball and thus to the active sponsors of the action.
From Eupen the journey of “The ball” will continue to stops and activities in Germany, Austria, Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Kosovo, Greece, Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon, Georgia up to the World Cup country Russia.
As part of its partnership with the European initiative Save It, KAS Eupen will in the future carry out further practical workshops on values in sport.