Thirteen-year-old Razmik Adamyan is the Berd Region’s newest soccer champion.

A soccer competition held earlier this month in the border village of Movses in honor of the major May holidays of Victory, brought together 200 schoolchildren from 17 of the region’s communities.

They comprised 20 teams who competed against one another in the championship, which was organized through our Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Program (BCPP). The recreational event contributed to intercommunity cooperation as well as sports development. It was also the first of its kind as, over the years, basketball championships, track & field competitions, and the “Mini” Olympic Games have been organized through BCPP. This was a first time for soccer.

“I want to become a professional football player; that’s my goal. This championship helped me to learn what a team looks like in reality. You become braver and tougher. Teamwork is very important; you must work with your team to achieve results,” said Razmik. The devoted fan of Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid FC, Razmik scored 11 goals during the championship, the highest of any player. “The championship certainly helped me to increase my goal record and to make friends from Movses, Aygedzor and Berd. We’ll play again with them soon.”

While Razmik’s team made it to second place, the team from the Berd #1 School won the championship. Berd #3 School’s team took third place. All teams who placed received medals. The two best teams will also be going to Yerevan in July to watch the final match of the 2019 UEFA European Under-19 Championship.

Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Program (BCPP) is a multidimensional FAR project addressing the roots of poverty in the Berd Region of Tavush Province, and is sponsored by the Edward and Helen Mardigian Foundation.