Team From Nijmegen won HIRDA Futsal Tournament 2019
On 21th and 22th December 2019, HIRDA successfully organized again the HIRDA Tournament “Amsterdam Futsal Tournament”(AFT) 2019. Team from Nijmegen won The AFT 2019 and Team from Leuven (BL) took the second place of AFT 2019. Minister of the youth and sport of Somali federal government , minister of youth and sport of south west regional state of Somalia, head of sport of Amsterdam municipality Mr. Henk Stockhof were among the guest of the tournament and our side event of HIRDA achievers Award this year.
The Tournament is yearly Hotspot of the Somali youth in Europe where the young Somalis from EU , the prominent Somali Diaspora, the policy makers and politicians meet and discuss issues relating Somali Diaspora youth and how Somalis can contribute the country of origin. The tournament promotes the empowering of youth through sport.
A total of 24 teams participated the tournament this year whereby 15 from the Netherland and nine from Belgium, Norway, Germany UK and Austria. the team from Holland were: Nijkerk, schiedam, Amstelveen, Den haag,, Rotterdam, Arnhem , Utrecht, Oss, Zwolle, Berg op zoom, Winterswijk Nijmegen, Amsterdam, Eindhoven and Babbericht .
It began with a qualification matches on the 21th December,2019. 12 teams were qualified for the second day of the tournament. they were divided again four groups of three.
the aim of the tournament is to build the network of the Somali youth in Europe and their coaches so that communities can learn from each other and share their experience where they came from. this one of the event that Somali youth waits all the year and we are committed to organize each year.
Besides the tournament HIRDA organizes side events for discussion between the youth, coaches and the youth them self. Such last two year we included this year HIRDA achievers award (HAA) for the Somali individuals who has contributed the community or achieved something in the Netherlands. At the opening ceremony participant were given 5 statements discuss that related to sport, education, women’s participation and the ways to contribute to the development in Somalia. The event was a great success and will be organized this year as well.
The Model of this event is self sufficient, but this year we have got support from Dahabshiil money transfer, diaspora capital, suri change and HIRDA.