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BFA: Football has power to bring peace

Bermuda Football Association will be advocating world peace over the weekend.

In a symbolic gesture of striving for world peace, local football's guardians have dedicated the opening round of the 2013-14 league season under the theme of ‘Peace One Day' which is being recognised across the globe today.

“As a show of our unquestioned support for any initiative aimed at promoting Peace in our communities the Bermuda Football Association invites all clubs, players, coaches and other team personnel, referees, administrators, fans and all others who believe in Peace to join with us in making this day our symbolic gesture of striving for Peace,” read a BFA press statement.

“We are dedicating each one of our matches to be played on Saturday, September 21st and Sunday, September 22nd under the theme ‘Peace One Day'. Therefore, recognising that white is the symbolic colour of peace we are asking all fans to come to the match in their favourite white jersey or white shirt and join the players and members of both teams prior to the start of the match in our ‘RING OF HOPE FOR PEACE', which is the centre circle in the middle of the field to observe a moment of reflection for all those who have lost their lives through violent actions, who struggle everyday with conflict, and who have not found the strength to rid themselves of violent behaviours which only destabilises their families and their community.”

The association firmly believe that football has a vital role to play in the community.

“Football as seen by many has an important role in contributing to the stability of our Island home,” the statement continued. “Everyone recognises the struggles impacting our shores, the negative outcomes of these struggles and the unfortunate lost of life as a result.

“Every facet of football in its purest form mirrors many of the ideals that each person innately strives to achieve throughout the course of their lives. For example, in football there is teamwork, cooperation, respect for your team mates and opponents, there are rules that govern our participation such as the rules that contribute to social stability. There is artistry and fantasy much like what each a person dreams about from time to time. There are moments of struggle in a match such as when the opponent has you under pressure and joy when a goal is scored or disappointment after losing a match. These are the same emotions that we experience everyday of our lives.

“It is true that football over time has shown its strength in de-escalating conflict and violent situations. This is the power of football. However, we must also recognise that football is a contact activity played in the spirit of combative sportsmanship that must be respected in accordance with the principles of fair play.”

The BFA has also invited the Island's leaders to join them in advocating world peace.

“We invite all area MP's and other civic leaders on this day to go to their area club ahead of kick-off and add their presence to this day of Peace,” the statement added.

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Published September 21, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated September 21, 2013 at 12:18 am)

BFA: Football has power to bring peace

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