The work of the social leaders who find a savior toy in the ball

The work of the social leaders who find a savior toy in the ball
A través de donaciones, la Fundación Selección Colombia entrega uniformes e implementos deportivos a escuelas de fútbol de zonas afectadas por la guerra./ Cortesía: Fundación Selección Colombia y Labzuca

All the anger that Onéider Galván Guerrero felt for having to walk an hour until his school in El Tarra (Norte de Santander) took it out playing the ball.Thus he fell in love with football, a sport that made him forget his concerns and that, as a child, made him understand that it is a great escape to the difficult social problems that the inhabitants of that region live.

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Onéider, whom everyone wanted on his team because he was one of the most prominent with the ball, managed to communicate with others to perform friendly matches.The warming, strong entries and even some fight for that desire to win;But neither the hugs and handshakes after the matches, because they understood that this game moved them away from the erroneous path.

Onéider played those games when he had the time to walk that time and should not stay at home helping his grandparents with the peasant work.In fact, thanks to them, most of the primary knowledge learned.He lived between notebooks, pencils, rural activities and the desire to make the sacrifice to go to school only to dream that Ronaldinho or Zidane was.

Many times he could not spend that round trip and hadThey say—.Onéider did not want his uncle to leave, because he was the one who gave him ideas to invent his own balls.They created them with sacks or sacks and then dedicated themselves to auctions.

Already in his baccalaureate time, Onéider did not miss school and it was the figure in the intercouisi and intertial parties.He was filled with nostalgia when he graduated, because he knew that happiness that meant playing football in childhood and adolescence would not experience it again.As his tradition demanded, he studied an agricultural technician, but he could not end up his complicated economic situation, such as that of the majority of the inhabitants of that area and many of the country.In addition, he had the desire to become a civil engineer.

However, those dreams, financially impossible, were displaced by their great love.As it was already recognized in the area as a promoter of football matches, Galván Guerrero began recruiting children to guide them along the way of the ball and teach them various values through it.He got the support of some foundations and on the Cement court of El Tarra leads children between 7 and 15 years.

This social leader is 23 years old and has grown in an area in which the State and the Government of Norte de Santander have breached the construction of decent roads of access to the sidewalks and the corregimientos.It is a place where an inhabitant says that "the police are symbolic", because paramilitaries and guerrilla groups have executed massacres in the Tarra.At present, ELN, EPL and Disidences of the FARC disputes the control of the drug trafficking business, in a border region that has been the focus of attention in the middle of the tense relationship between Colombia and Venezuela in recent years.

It has been a war that, as in other regions of Colombia, has left innocent victims, including social leaders.However, from there, in the Catatumbo, Onéider took a couple of buses to get to Bogotá and be part of the Capi FC workshop (Formators for Colombia), which was held last week at the sports headquarters of the Colombian Football Federation,where in addition to Onéider, another 29 social leaders from areas of the national territory affected by the armed conflict participated.

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Abel Aguilar, a World Cup with the Colombian National Team in Brazil 2014 and Russia 2018, gave them a talk about their personal football experience and what it means to be a good leader for dreamers who kick their first balls and are visualized in the best stadiumsof the world, as in which he played.The man who in 2019 retired with Unión Magdalena told his story and moved a surprised Onéider Galván.

The Bogota and former player of Deportivo Cali and Udinese, among others, told when he began playing at the Andean club, founded by his father, and how he struggled to the maximum to be taken to the Bogotá team, where he shared with Stalin Motta, Rafael Robayoand one Radamel Falcao García.He explained to the social leaders that in the Valle del Cauca team he felt respect for the experienced players, because he was aware that they possessed knowledge to succeed.He told them that, unfortunately, that respect has been lost a bit today, that we must recover it and that he is a scholar of the most popular sports.

In addition, Aguilar gave social leaders pedagogical tools to be used in learning the approximately 3.000 boys, girls and adolescents who will benefit from this project in El Tarra, Corinth.

“When I talked about how to lead and interact, I really appreciated and retained everything, in order to apply it and not make the mistakes we had been executing.Because we usually believe that a leader is the one who commands and does everything, and a leader is the one who guides, who knows how to listen, who acts peacefully and who sees where the failures of the whole team are, ”Onéider reflected.

Catalina Usme also spoke to social leaders.The morale?Discipline and effort are never negotiated.You can have the greatest talent, but you have to work it.She, to fulfill her dream of living football in a macho country, studied to be a sports professional at the Jaime Isaza Polytechnic Cadavid, in her native Medellín, while simultaneously worked as a waitress and making inventories in a chain warehouse.

Usme's journeys were bicycle, to save money."He came to the house," said the woman who in 2014 suffered for the second time the total cross -liga Canada.In the same place where he handed his words to social leaders, six years ago he vomited for the demand applied to his body.

Onéider and the other attendees understood that the happy ending was that Catalina went to that World Cup and since then has not stopped accumulating successes, such as the Professional Women's League that won with America in 2019, the same year in which the medal of the medal conquered with ColombiaGold from the Pan American Games of Lima.She was runner -up of the Copa Libertadores female and last Friday was nominated by the International Federation of History and Statistics of Football for Best Player of 2021.

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“It seemed like a great experience to share with so many social leaders and know firsthand what prompted them to do that work.It was very Bacano to tell them what has been important to me, what has led me to get things.I told you about how important it is to build a path based on love and want the best for the other, and how essential the preparation is, which I think is what my sports career has marked.In addition, he also left me many teachings, because I heard a lot of life stories that make one question, because they, despite living very difficult things, did not produce excuses but motivations.And that must be important in our society: in adversities, find our life purpose, ”said Usme.

For his part, Fabián Vargas narrated his beginnings at the Maracaneiros Club in Bogotá, his glory in América de Cali and with the Colombian National Team in the Copa América in 2001, his consecration in Boca Juniors of Argentina and how he managed to become one of theColombian soccer players with more titles in history.

César Hernández, director of the quarry of Deportivo Cali, spoke with Onéider and the other social leaders about the learning of values determined with football as a tool in young people who are not yet professionals from football.He talked about his work in one of the strongest minor divisions that the country has, because the Verdiblanco club does not stop throwing talented players to professionalism.

"I reinforced my knowledge to teach children values such as respect, honesty, tolerance and solidarity," said El Tarra's social leader, where four years ago he works with the Build Foundation by playing playing.He could also learn from Carolina Pineda, footballer of America and the Colombian team, and other experts in discovering talents, medicine and structure in sports and gender equity, so that football is an inclusive sport from an early age.

On the courts of the Federation headquarters, social leaders learned from tactics, exercises so that children improve their understanding of the game, instructions to enrich physical work and ways to get the most out of the implements they have in theirrespective regions.

In the case of the Galván Guerrero Soccer School in El Tarra, it has ten balls for forty children and adolescents, who receive the theoretical talks on the court, because they do not have an exclusive space for that.They do not have uniforms, they train with the clothes that everyone can wear and, some, they practice barefoot because they cannot damage their only pair of shoes.

For example, a young hyperactive came to train without shoes to the team that runs onéider and took off his social and family problems with his classmates.He believed he was the one who sent and the one who knew the most football.“Now he gives us a lot and stands out because he not only thinks about him.Because of his bad behavior we do not take it out, but we orient it, and now we have a very valuable human being, ”said Galván, who is already in the Tarra to convey the knowledge learned in the Capi FC workshop.

“This was born in the interest of training all those leaders who have been knowing during the years.The dream is to continue and be a constant process, that they are workshops that we can do periodically, that we can also continue in contact with these social leaders and, above all, that they can begin to interact with each other and learn from each other ”,Ana Arizabaleta, director of the Colombia National Team Foundation, which promoted this project.

The words and inspiring exercises that social leaders received will reach places where the bullets have often been more present than the State, where football has been refuge for social problems, where boys and girls want to score goals and celebrate them in peace environments, where social leaders use the ball as a savior toy.


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