Football stars and volunteers told the pupils about the 2018 FIFA World Cup on the national "Football lesson"
The football stars and volunteers shared their experiences and expectations of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia with students of secondary schools in all the 11 cities-organizers of the 2018 World Cup on the first day of school after the summer holidays. "Football Lesson" was dedicated to the World Cup, 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 and the promotion of an active lifestyle among the younger generation.
Players of the clubs of the Russian Premier League (Premier League) and the National Football League (First Division), Ambassadors of the 2018 FIFA World Cup - outstanding athletes, artists and cultural figures as well as the administration representatives of the host regions came to visit students on the Day of knowledge. The action was also supported by the Organizing Committee and the administration of the host cities and regions, 2018 FIFA World Cup Volunteer Centers, as well as the company ‘adidas’: the schools received balls with autographs as a gift from the famous guests.
"I want to congratulate you on your first day of school and wish good academic year, I wish you to gratify your teachers and parents’ expectations, - said the player of FC "Lokomotiv"(Moscow), Alan Kasaev, who also expressed the hope that he will be able to perform at the upcoming World Cup. - We all look forward to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which is about to become a great celebration. It will give us the opportunity to develop the cities that will host matches of the tournament. "
Players of the Moscow "Spartak" (Artem Rebrov and Sergei Pesyakov) and "Locomotive" (Alan Kasaev and Artem Galadzhan) visited two other Moscow schools, where they were the guests of "football lesson", answered to the questions of the children and took photos with them.
"I liked the lesson, there were lots of interesting information about the stadiums of the World Cup and the organization as a whole, - said 11th class student Nikita Zlobin of the Economic Lyceum at the Plekhanov University. - I'm not particularly fond of football, but learned a lot of interesting details about both the World Cup, and the Confederations Cup. I hope I can go to the 2017 Confederation Cup matches and the 2018 FIFA World Cup. "
"This is the first experience of my participation in this tutorials like this, I really liked it, I hope the guys did too, - said the goalkeeper of Moscow" Spartak "Artem Rebrov. - I think we should run more events like this in schools and tell children that the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia is coming very soon and it will be cool and fun "!
"It was great to see the interest on the students faces. The idea of this project is on the Day of Knowledge to tell children about the World Cup and the Confederations Cup, which will be held in our country soon, the legacy of these events for Russia, - said CEO of the Organizing Committee "Russia-2018" Alexei Sorokin, who was joined during the lesson in one of the Moscow schools by the Ambassador of 2018 FIFA World Cup Alexey Smertin. - In addition, football helps to develop the qualities and values that school instills: mutual respect, healthy living, the principles of fair play. "
And in some cities-organizers of the 2018 FIFA World Cup event "football lesson" even went beyond the school grounds. For example, in Ekaterinburg was a football match of 11 players of FC "Ural" against 200 students, which can be included to the Russian Book of Records. In Samara sport Lyceum a player of FC "Wings of the Soviets" Ibrahim Tsallagov held master class and everyone could take part in competition of penaltists.
In St. Petersburg, the striker of FC "Zenith" Alexander Kerzhakov and director of the Academy "Zenith" Vladimir Kazachenok visited the "football lesson", in Kazan - the ambassador of the host city, the goalkeeper of the local FC "Rubin" Sergei Ryzhikov and the city Mayor Ilsur Metshin, in Saransk - players of FC "Mordovia" and head coach of the team, Ambassador of Nizhny Novgorod as the host city of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Dmitry Cheryshev.
"Football Lesson" is a project of the Organizing Committee "Russia 2018", which is being implemented with the participation of the World Cup Volunteer Centres. Lessons started in December of 2015 under the program "Generation 2018", designed to combine the football fans around the interest in the World Cup and the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup.