United against Racism in the Balkans30 July 2008

Youth camp with teams from Serbia, Bosnia and Montenegro plus youth tournaments in Kragujevac (Serbia) and Cetinje (Montenegro)

Following the successful initiation of a campaign against nationalism in the Balkans in 2006 and 2007 by the Balkans Alps Adriatic Project (BAAP) in association with FARE, the activities are set to continue in August 2008 with two youth tournaments and a youth camp.

Youth exchange against nationalism and discrimination

BAAP's activities in 2008 get under way with a tournament in the Serbian town of Kragujevac on 2 and 3 August, when youth teams from Serbia and Bosnia will take on a team of Roma from Slovakia.

The event will continue on Monday with a game between a multi-ethnic eleven and a women's team from Kragujevac. Workshops and discussions on the Tuesday also offer an opportunity for a more detailed exchange of views on racism and nationalism.

Youth camp in Cetinje

On Thursday the event will uproot to Cetinje in Montenegro, where with the support of the Montenegrin Football Association a youth camp will be held until Saturday, 9 August. Teams from Bosnia, Serbia and Montenegro will celebrate a festival against racism, chauvinism and intolerance in the Balkans. Besides the youth camp a tournament with other teams from the Balkans is also being organised in Cetinje.

To accompany these youth events BAAP has produced a FARE information brochure containing statements by leading players against racism and nationalism in the Balkans that will also be used in school workshops.

Support

The initiative in the Balkans is being supported by UEFA, the Montenegrin Football Association, Nike's Stand Up Speak Up campaign and the King Baudouin Foundation.

Contact and information:
alex.baap@gmx.at