The friendliest sport festival of this year

The friendliest sport festival of this year: let us introduce to you the Mondiali Sport Festival!

The friendliest sport festival of this year was organised in a close collaboration with the Budapest Association for International Sports on 26th September at an outdoor sport facility in Budapest.

In times like this, we felt even more important to show the diversity of Hungary and the hospitality of the Hungarian people, by inviting all and everyone to play and enjoy sports. Mondiali Sport Festival was inspired by the popular Italian MONDIALI ANTIRAZZISTI festival. Similarly, the programs were organised with an open-minded and inclusive spirit in order to make everyone feel like they are playing on home-ground regardless of identity. By speaking sport as our common language, the aim of the event was to bring together residents coming from different social-economic backgrounds and from different ethnic groups. They could all get to know each other at the occasion of fun and recreational activities in the spirit of fair play. In total there were about 50 different nationalities represented and players with socially disadvantaged backgrounds came to participate wearing the jersey of different civil society organisations such as Oltalom Sport Association, MIRA Intercultural Community and Bagázs F.C.

One of the highlights of this day was in the morning, when “retired” football players of a well-prestigious football club, FTC played a fair play football game with players of Oltalom Sport Association. Fradi supporters are considered the largest fanclub, so it is always very important to involve the club, to promote the concept of tolerance through this type of actions.

Despite the challenges caused by the pandemic and the foggy weather, more than 250 participants have shown up to take part in different outdoor sport activities, of course in line with safety and risk prevention regulations. A wide range of programs were offered: besides football, beach volleyball and ultimate frisbee tournaments, participants could try out individual sports such as teqsports, badminton, capoeira, break dance, zumba, krav maga and yoga. There was also a workshop organised in the topic of supporting hate-crime victims and about the #blacklivesmatter movement.

Check out the aftermovie of the event: