Category: Sport

Refugee helper from bamberg honored in the state parliament

Refugee helper from Bamberg honored in the state parliament

On saturday, 1. October, state parliament president barbara stamm (CSU) invites around 1000 refugee supporters to munich. The reception is intended as a thank-you to the volunteers. But not all of them will accept the invitation – in protest against the state government’s asylum policy. Florim gashi from bamberg, on the other hand, didn’t throw the invitation in the wastepaper basket: the 41-year-old is going and wants to deliver a message there.

Why do you get so involved with refugees??
Florim gashi: there is a simple reason for this: i myself came to germany as a refugee from kosovo in 1992. I also have contacts with many people in the city. I see myself as a mediator between the refugees, the authorities and the doctors. It was always clear to me that I was helping people. That’s why I’m organizing the soccer tournament "together instead of against each other" together with the city’s migration advisory council, because sport is the best way to integrate people.

You are primarily involved in the reception center in upper franconia as a volunteer helper. How often are you there?
I spend more than 20 hours a week helping the people in the reception center. I am the contact person because I speak several languages. The ombudteam of the city of bamberg meets every friday on the gelande. The team does what should have been the task of the asylum social counseling service, which has only just been established.

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Quidditch in a self-experiment: when fantasy becomes reality

Quidditch in a self-experiment: when fantasy becomes reality

I am confused. And not because I have to hold a one-meter-long plastic pole between my legs as a substitute for a broom. After the first few throws I got used to having only one hand free. And this one just grabs a volleyball.

And now? What do I have to do as a jager? "Beware, drivers", shouts a teammate. Shortly after that a volkerball hits me. I have to stop the attack and run back to my goals, only then am I allowed to actively intervene in the game again. In real life, the harry potter sport quidditch is quite crazy.

"There is so much happening at the same time", says lucia boll of the bamberg kelpies, where i am doing my first quidditch training. "There are actually three games going on at once, which is why it is so fun." Teammate andreas knecht adds: "the team dynamic is unique in this form. From the classic passing game to the running game to the full-contact sport, it’s all there." Or to put it in sports terms: quidditch is a mixture of handball, volkerball and rugby.

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U21 starts against “miracle” kosovo in em-quali

U21 starts against 'miracle' kosovo in em-quali

With a win against debutant kosovo at the start of the european championship qualifiers, the german under-21 national team wants to take the first step in its mission to defend its title.

"I wanted to see an increase," said coach stefan kuntz before the match on tuesday (19.00 o’clock) in osnabruck. In the 1:2 test against hungary last week, kuntz still had 14 debutants in the squad. The coach therefore also: "one or the other will still jam."

THE OPPOSITION: kosovo’s u21s compete for the first time in a european championship qualifier. As a debutant, however, the team has already surprised, winning twice against norway – albeit once at the green table – and leading the german group 5. "Basically, it can be anything," said kuntz, who called the opponent "a marvel". Thilo kehrer, who will captain the team, said: "it will be important for us to be wide awake from the first second on."

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Bindrim with wise words

It was a thankless task that gottfried bindrim, chairman of the schweinfurt soccer district, had been assigned at the special DFB award ceremony in hergolshausen: he had to say his greeting to the volunteers after the ceremonial address by jurgen pfau, chairman of the district of lower franconia. And actually everything had already been said.
But bindrim offered an ingeniously simple solution: he made a declaration of love to the honorary office itself: "you are the attentive eye, the watchful eye, the fingertip feeling that thinks of all those who are so easily overlooked and passed over", bindrim addressed the honorary office and the volunteers. He spoke of "the driving force and incentive for many good works", from the "good soul that has many names and faces." It was the shortest of the pit words, and yet nothing fit in because of all the estimation of value.
This was also expressed earlier by the honorary district commissioner edgar hedrich: "you are the real heroes, and you are worthy of being honored today", he had buried those to be honored in hergolshausen. Jurgen pfau emphasized the importance of volunteer work for the associations.
Without it an association, if it did not work under professional conditions, simply could not exist. He appealed to the politicians to provide the necessary infrastructure, because top-class sport is only possible "because the basis is created at the grassroots level".
The following people from the habberge district were honored for their voluntary work: erich barfub (TV konigsberg), helmut krug (FC kleinsteinach), claudia stark (FSV krum), norbert steinke (SC maroldsweisach), norbert schwinn (SV ostheim) and armin nikolaus (vfb humprechtshausen). 

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Pictures set the mood for christmas

Pictures set the mood for christmas

From the annunciation to the adoration from the east – many episodes from the christmas story currently adorn the walls of the evangelical nursing home, inviting visitors to linger and contemplate them. With a lot of heart and soul, the seniors portrayed the events of the holy night, gave them a very special glamour and thus brought the story of maria and josef to life.
Many of the artworks are collaborative works created by several residents with the occupational therapy or gerontological psychiatry team. But there are also some pictures of "solo artists" thereby – freehand painted, understands itself. Two of them are johann martin and eugen engelhardt, both of whom have a special connection to painting. "I have always loved to paint. I can still remember my report card from 1937. I had an "A" in drawing, says johann martin with pride. He has retained his passion for painting into old age. "I enjoyed the project very much. Christina ellner read us the christmas story and we chose scenes to paint. It took me some time, especially to get the manner on the camels", says the 90-year-old, who looks extremely fit, with a grin and points to his rough, very colorfully designed picture with lots of details. "These are gold, myrrh and frankincense", he says, pointing to the camels on which the kings transport their precious gifts.

Rustiger senior
Eugen engelhardt is 83 years old and comes from mitwitz. The senior, who is also very rustic, used to be heavily involved in church activities. "I was for many years a member of the church administration and also a sacristan. It was a lot of work, but it was great fun", the mitwitzer looks back. Painting the christmas story gave him a lot of joy, if only because of his deep christian faith. But he is also talented in art. "I used to go to the forest a lot because I love nature. I have painted pictures of wild animals and given them as gifts. I have also designed football posters for the FC mitwitz", he says, not without pride. Both have painted several pictures and were happy to participate again in a new painting project.
"The painting project should not remain a flash in the pan", emphasizes christina ellner from social services, who is mainly responsible for the project. The theme was chosen because the christmas story connects all generations and is known to everyone. "We have listened to what is written in the bible and thought about how we can represent it pictorially. It should be pictures, which one looks gladly at and which inspire to dream", explains it. For this we have taken inspiration from similar images and have implemented many things together. She is sure that all involved have not only had a lot of fun painting, but have grown through the works.
The exhibition now accompanies the residents and employees in a particularly gentle way through the advent season. She as well as home director klier were impressed by the still existing creative power of the seniors. Klier's thanks were extended to the picture frame sponsors and to home council member roland rost, who worked to secure the donations.
Pastor susanne treber was also invited to the vernissage and introduced the small celebration with a spiritual impulse. "Anyone who paints pictures about the christmas story is immersing himself in the story of salvation. He picks up some of this blessing and passes it on.", she was sure. The seniors had put themselves and their life experience into each of their pictures. The exhibition was officially opened with a joint tour of the site. Those who wish to view them will have the opportunity to do so during the opening hours.

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