Tranmere Rovers in the Community today hosted a tournament to commemorate the disaster in Srebrenica in July 1995, with Year 8 and 9 girls from St John Plessington Catholic Secondary School and Weatherhead High School coming along to take part.
In July 1995, at least 8372 Muslim men and boys were systematically killed at mass execution sites around the village of Srebrenica in Eastern Bosnia.
The tournament inside Prenton Park Recreation Centre aimed to bring people together and to use football to celebrate unity and togetherness against such crimes.
Andy Heywood is our Education Lead here at TRIC, and also works with Wirral Deen Centre, and spoke to us about the commemoration football tournament.
“Today’s football tournament is a partnership between Wirral Deen Centre and Tranmere Rovers in the Community, and the Remembering Srebrenica charity.
It’s all about commemorating the Bosnian genocide. The charity’s theme this year is Together We Are One, because football is a great way of bringing people from different communities and different backgrounds together.
The conditions for genocide are all about hatred and division, so we’re looking at the opposite of that and using football as the vehicle for celebrating our togetherness.”