The Conference “Integration of Migrants into Society through Football” was held on Saturday at the Safir Hotel in Bihać.The Conference was opened by the FF BH executive director for sports sector, Elmir Pilav, who said, among other things:“Apart from our desire to include migrants in society and alleviate the difficult situation in which they are, we want to enable, especially the youngest ones, to register in local clubs and play football. The Project “Integration of Migrants through Football”, which was approved by UEFA, is divided into two phases. The first is about organizing events in camps, and the second one is getting involved in clubs, and in this way this Project could bring benefits in the long run.”Project leader Dženan Đipa presented this initiative of the Football Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the attendees.“Our primary goal is to integrate migrants into society, and we will do everything to make them life easier in the camps, using the popularity of football. Our idea is to organize tournaments, trainings and various workshops related to fair-play, refereeing, fun football for children, etc. In the camps “Borići”, “Bira” and “Sedra”, which we visited yesterday, there is space to organize everything we planned”, said Đipa.IOM (International Organization for Migration) representative Kristina Šešlija spoke about the legal-administrative and security aspects related to the project implementation.Des Tomlinson from the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) and Kurt Wacher and David Hudelist, representatives of fair-play – Initiative for Diversity & Antidiscrimination from Austria, presented their experiences on similar projects via a video link.All present actively participated in the discussions, exchanged opinions and views, and presented many constructive proposals with a view to further implementation of the project.Šerif Šidić, member of the Executive Board of the USC Sports Association and the FF BH grassroots coordinator conveys their impressions of the meeting:“Excellent Conference at which many constructive proposals were presented. I am glad to have seen a lot of relevant people here today, who will certainly be able to do a lot to implement the FF BH Project. We had the opportunity to learn some new things and through the discussion it became clear that everyone is more than interested in this idea. This is the area of Bosnia and Herzegovina where the concentration of migrants is the highest and we must all work to help these people integrate into society as easily as possible.”The OFK Bihać representative, Armin Kečalović, stated:“The FF BH Project is really great and all clubs from the area of Una-Sana Canton will support it to the maximum. I really hope that the idea will succeed and that things will go in the best direction. Today’s Conference is organized at a high level. I am sure that this is just the beginning of a great initiative and that we will start its implementation very soon.”Representatives of the city administrations of Bihać and Cazin, the USK MIA, the USC Sports Association, the USC Football Federation, the USC Association of Football Referees and Instructors, as well as clubs NK “Jedinstvo”, OFK “Bihać”, and NK “Krajišnik” responded to the invitation to the Conference.
Two teams will represent England Golf in the Vilmorin Cup at the French U21 ladies’ championship at St Cloud, from 2-6 April. Team A is India Clyburn of Lincolnshire, Alice Hewson of Hertfordshire and Inci Mehmet of Surrey. Team B is Sammie Giles of Cornwall, Sophie Lamb of Lancashire and Bethan Popel of Gloucestershire. The players will be joined by Gemma Clews of Cheshire for a match against France at St Cloud on the day before the championship, Wednesday, 1 April. The Vilmorin Cup is played alongside the two rounds of stroke play qualifying at the championship and the best two scores from each team count each day. After 36 holes the leading 32 players go forward to the matchplay stages of the championship for the Esmond Trophy; and the next best 16 players aged under 18 contest the Cartier Trophy. The players: India Clyburn, 18, (Woodhall Spa) won the 2014 England Golf Girls’ Order of Merit, sponsored by Ascot Golf, in her last season as a junior. Her individual successes included winning the English girls’ championship, the Scottish junior open, the girls’ title at the Daily Telegraph junior championship and the Royal Birkdale scratch trophy. She was in England’s winning teams at the girls’ and ladies’ Home Internationals – winning all six of her matches at the girls’ event. Sammie Giles, 20, (St Mellion) is the English women’s mid-amateur champion and the winner of the 2014 Liphook Scratch Cup. Last season she enjoyed consistently good form with a top ten finish at the St Rule Trophy and top 15s at the Helen Holm, the English amateur and the British stroke play. Alice Hewson, 17, (Berkhamsted) was a member of England’s winning team at the girls’ and ladies’ Home Internationals. She won the Critchley Salver at Sunningdale and the U18 prize at the St Rule Trophy where she also helped England win the Nations Cup and was fourth overall. She was sixth in the English girls’ championship and ninth in the English women’s amateur. This season she was a quarter finalist in the Spanish women’s amateur. Sophie Lamb, 17, (Clitheroe, Lancashire) successfully defended the girls’ title at the Fairhaven Trophies in 2014. She has been in England’s winning teams at the Girls’ Home Internationals for the last two years and has represented GB&I in the junior Vagliano Trophy. She reached the last 16 in this year’s Spanish women’s amateur. Inci Mehmet, 18, (Royal Mid Surrey, Image © Leaderboard Photography) was also a member of the team which won the girls’ Home Internationals for the seventh successive year. She was runner-up at the 2014 English women’s amateur championship and has amassed a series of other good results last season, including fourth place in the Portuguese championship, fifth in the Irish open stroke play and fourth in the Critchley Salver. She reached the matchplay stages of the 2015 Spanish women’s amateur. Bethan Popel, 19, (Long Ashton) was also in the winning team at the women’s Home Internationals and helped England win the Nations Cup at the St Rule Trophy. Her other good results last season included fifth place in the English amateur, seventh place in the women’s Welsh stroke play, 12th place in the Helen Holm Scottish stroke play and 11th in the Portuguese amateur. Gemma Clews, 20, (Delamere Forest) was in England’s winning team at the ladies’ Home Internationals and won two scratch events last season: the Pleasington Putter and the inaugural Delamere Comboy Trophy. She was also third in the Welsh open stroke play, sixth in the English amateur and 12th in the British stroke play. 13 Mar 2015 French challenge beckons England players
15 Feb 2019 England come from 10 back to win team title England came from 10 shots back to win the team trophy at the African Amateur Stroke Play Championship at Leopard Creek.The quartet of David Langley, Joe Long, Billy McKenzie and Tom Plumb pipped the defending champions and the home favourites, GolfRSA Juniors.England finished on six-under for the three rounds of the team competition, one shot clear of their South African rivals.Highlights of their play included five-under 67s on day two from Plumb and McKenzie, followed by 68 from Langley on the final day and Long’s 67, which pulled them over the line.Meanwhile, the Juniors struggled on the homeward stretch with missed opportunities and a rush of bogeys.“We knew we had a huge gap to close on the GolfRSA Juniors, but with three scores to count, anything could happen. Leopard Creek had taken a fair amount of scalps over the first two days, so we went into the final round with patience and a positive approach,” said Long.“We are absolutely delighted with the win. It was a much tougher week than any of us anticipated. This is not one of the top courses in the world for nothing. It’s very demanding off the tee and the conditions added to the challenge.“Bogeys, double bogeys and even triple bogeys come quickly at Leopard Creek, especially if you get too aggressive. We stayed patient, tried to keep the bogeys to a minimum, played for the best score we could put together for the team and got the job done.”The 72-hole championship was won by Scotland’s Euan Walker on 11 under. Langley and McKenzie tied 11th, Plumb was 14th and Long was 25th.Langley (Castle Royle, BB&O), Long (Lansdown, Gloucestershire), McKenzie (Rowlands Castle, Hampshire) and Plumb (Yeovil, Somerset) are on a month-long tour of South Africa. They play the South African Amateur next week.Click here for full scoresCaption (from left) David Langley, Joe Long, Billy McKenzie and Tom Plumb. Image courtesy GolfRSA Tags: elite golf, England squads, performance
The Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club and State Farm announced a 20-year collaboration that will benefit the Atlanta metropolitan area aimed at building stronger communities through mentorship, volunteerism and the principle of being a good neighbor. A nationally-renowned company and one of Georgia’s top employers, State Farm will join forces with the Hawks, displaying their iconic red logo and marks atop and throughout the best sports and live entertainment venue in Atlanta – the new State Farm Arena – and building new community engagement programs and philanthropic initiatives.“This decision symbolizes our pledge to making a difference in communities, building our brand locally and nationally, and ultimately growing State Farm,” said State Farm Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Michael Tipsord. “The Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club is well known for giving back in this community. Along with our Neighborhood of Good initiative, we’ll have new opportunities to invest in the local community.”With one of its three regional hubs based in Dunwoody, State Farm is an active member of the local community employing approximately 7,000 individuals with over 6,000 located in metro Atlanta. The insurance giant prides itself on activating its workforce in the communities in which they reside. Over the past four years, State Farm staff has volunteered over 2 million hours in their respective communities.With a mission to be good ‘neighbors dedicated to helping people, and to developing safer, stronger and better educated communities across the country’ and to ‘turn caring into doing’, State Farm and the Hawks will co-create impactful community initiatives and bolster existing community and social responsibility programs.“We are honored to work with State Farm, one of the nation’s most recognizable and civic-minded organizations and want to thank Michael Tipsord and Rand Harbert for their leadership and commitment to this exceptional collaboration,” said Principal Owner Tony Ressler. “Our ownership group considers the Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club a community asset, and we are excited to have found a partner that shares our vision and has committed to working with us to expand on the community engagement and philanthropic initiatives we do that benefit the many communities that make up this great metropolitan area. Generations will be positively impacted by the work we do throughout Georgia, and we could not be prouder to have the State Farm name on our new arena.”State Farm Arena, the new home of the Hawks, will open its doors following the completion of the $192.5 million-dollar renovation, the 2nd largest in NBA history, and in time to celebrate the team’s 50th year in Atlanta in October. Thetransformed arena will feature the third-largest center-hung scoreboard in the NBA and most immersive video experience, new sightlines with 360-degree concourses and new seating and first-of-its-kind in-venue entertainment options with Topgolf Swing Suites, the company’s first permanent amenity in a major sports arena, Killer Mike’s SWAG Shop (a four-chair barbershop overlooking the court) and the signature Hawks Bar, the NBA’s first courtside bar. State Farm Arena will also be the first NBA venue to offer fan-friendly food pricing with 12 popular food and beverage items priced at $5 or less.Consistently ranked among the top 10 concert and event venues in the world by Pollstar, State Farm Arena hosts approximately 170 events and nearly 2 million guests annually. Superstars already scheduled to visit the venue after it opens include Drake, Elton John, Justin Timberlake, P!nk, Shawn Mendes and Carrie Underwood.Fans will get their first opportunity to enter the new State Farm Arena on Saturday, Oct. 20th with the “Welcome to the Neighborhood” Open House Party, a free, public event inviting fans to experience the new venue.