Penya Osos Rusos BarçaFest event brings 2,000 people together in Moscow
NEWS 09 Sep 2019 - Supporters' Clubs World Confederation
Sport and charity as 400 boys and girls compete in football tournament and raise 1,000,000 roubles for Khabensky Foundation
The muscovite Penya Blaugrana Osos Rusos de Noginsk (Russian Bears), which has 174 members, gathered more than 2,000 Barça fans at the Penya Osos Rusos BarçaFest event organised last weekend. They were joined by other supporters’ clubs from the country, such as the Penya Blaugrana Sant Petersburg and the Penya Barçamania Moscow.
A number of representatives of FC Barcelona and the supporters’ movement attended the proceedings, including the president of the Supporters’ Clubs World Confederation, Antoni Guil; the director responsible for the Social Commission, Josep Maria Barnils; the president of the World Federation, Antoni Freire; the technical director of the Barça Academy in Moscow, Jordi Gratacós, and others, as well other dignitaries from the football world, such as La Liga Santander representatives in Russia.
Importance of youth sport
Saturday included a football tournament featuring 400 boys and girls of all ages, including some from the Barça Academy Moscow, and even some friendly games between adult teams. Following breakfast, the day was introduced with a number of speeches from the hosts and other representatives of Barça and its ‘penyes’. Once the game was over, the same venue was the setting for enjoying a huge paella together and chatting about opinions and experiences.
There was also a number of performances on the stage and exchanges of gifts between Barça and the host supporters’ club, as well as prizes for the winners of the football tournament.
All for charity
The event raised 1,000,000 roubles (equivalent to 13,840 euros) for Konstantin Khabenskiy’s Charity Fund, which was set up in 2008 by the actor of the same name to provide financial aid to children needing brain tumour treatments and for research into other neurological disorders.
The day ended with a gala supper, live music and more speeches.