Ticino - Switzerland: children’s PEACE CUP soccer tournament, 4th edition.

Our purpose of this fair-play tournament is to offer to the children the possibility to face a personal and team challenge in a friendship-oriented environment who respects all participants. Through this tournament UPF wishes to promote values that surpass technical knowledge and competitiveness, teaching that also who loses can come out with a smile and self-confidence.

The spirit was good and the children did not seem to be bothered by the slow rain in the afternoon, what made the involvement more challenging for the spectators and staff.All demonstrated exemplary tenacity and support, reinforcing the young players. The proud and happy faces of the children who took part were proofing that the pleasure of a well-played game is the best condition for being happy of oneself and of the others.

The main trophy "Peace Cup" was won by the girls team: "Chiasso femminile" who had perfectly caught the spirit of the UPF message of fair-play. The girls wore self-painted t-shirts with the writing PEACE ON EARTH and all the signatures of the whole team, and after each game (of which they won several) the adversary team was asked to sign, as well. We felt that their coach had given them an excellent preparation before Peace-Cup that was full in line with the motto of the tournament: “Play football, build Peace”. Also in the pleasant media reports before and after the event, the words “fairness” and “correctness” were written in bold.


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Written by Seraina Termine, UPF-Ticino

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