Children and youth of Zilina region will be able to do more sports thanks to the Kia Motors Slovakia Foundation
11th May 2018- Thanks to the KIA motor foundation Slovakia, there are going to be more sport activities in the Zilina region. In the employee grant program Sport in region 2018, 104 projects will be supported by a final sum of 199939,67euros. Due to the support of the foundation, tournaments, trainings at schools, summer sport camps will be organized as well as equipment in clubs will be improved. The most popular sport is football, although the project includes all kinds of sport such as fitness, table tennis, fireman training, running, tennis, dance, biking, martial arts, swimming or even chess and figure skating.
Children and young adults will not only be able to do sport in big cities such as Zilina, Martin or Liptovsky Mikulas but also in smaller villages such as Zaborie in the region of Martin which only has 165 citizens.
In this year, 220 projects were introduced to the program by organizations, schools or villages in contribution with the employees of KMS. The commitment of employees was one of the main conditions for the program to work. The grant program gives the employees an opportunity to support activities and organizations, in which they believe or feel close to, or simply those that they recommend to support because they believe that they are worth paying attention to.
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“Because of a large number of introduced projects, we decided that we will support projects which haven’t received funds or financial support in the last 2 years, so that we support new organizations and activities. These projects must of course fulfill basic criteria, such as realization and activity in Zilina region, ability to fit into the budget and having the final group of children and youth below 18 years old. It was also important for the focus of the project to be in harmony with the goals of the grant challenge.” Said Dusan Dvorak, manager of the KIA Motors foundation Slovakia.
All projects, that fit the criteria, were being drawn randomly on the 27th of April 2018 with witnesses being present. The manager of the foundation and two employees of KMS drew the 104 previously mentioned projects which will be supported throughout the year 2018.
The most common among the chosen organizations are civic associations, sport clubs, villages and primary schools. They will get financial aid for sport equipment, materials, tournaments or races.
Within the project “we enjoy football!” the city of Liptovsky Mikulas wants to allow a group of children between the ages of 12 to 15 years from a socially disadvantaged background of a gypsy settlement Hlboke to meaningfully use their free time and fully stay committed to an activity during which they bond and which they like- football. “While working with children it is impossible not to notice their enthusiasm towards football. Therefore, football is the right path to lead these children towards a meaningful way to spend their free time. The enthusiasm towards football is important, but due to the fact that these children come from socially unstable families and background, they don’t have the same opportunities as the majority of kids. Some of these kids sometimes don’t even have proper shoes for the sport activities and their financial state is not good enough to buy sport equipment or pay for a football club” writes Jana Sontelecan, a community worker about the project. They will use the financial aid to buy football jerseys, proper shoes but also equipment such as footballs, goals or medals for competitions.
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From the sports floorball is also gaining popularity, which is also supported by these projects. Mainly schools offer this sport to children as a new, interesting alternative for movement and since they don’t have floorball equipment, they joined the grant program.
“Floorball is getting more popular among children. It has already caught up if not become more popular than most indoor sports. Floorball has high potential and we want to use it to the fullest and move it forward. Our students have the will to play, look forward to the trainings and play from the heart and with a great passion. It is important to support their interests” says Ivana Ivankova, the substitute of the headmaster of the primary school Bela- Dulice who also teaches physical education.
The rather interesting sport is fishing. It is being supported by the project Childrens fishing races Parnicky swimmer. “if you want to know how many skillful workers are growing up in Orava and how good they look by the water, come and see it through your own eyes” write the substitutes of the civic association Parnicky fisherman. These are the only races of their kind in the North of Slovakia that take place during the summer holidays.