One of the Foreigners.cz visions is to break down barriers between people of different nationalities. There are many options how to do that: cultural events, language lessons, or sport. Football is a popular activity for many men and boys (and also women and girls!) all over the world. „Football is an international sport and I believe it helps understanding each other,“ says Martin Stoss, the founder of More Footbal Academy in Brno.
More Football Academy is located in the Park pod Plachtami in Nový Lískovec district. There you find its new grass playground, one of the best ones in Brno, currently. More Football Academy is more than just football, though. It’s a project aimed at education and work with young ones with the assistance of football.
„We have young instructors who know that if you want to improve something you must like it. That’s why we make sure that our trainings are big fun!“ claims Martin Stoss who has been playing footbal since he was a 10 years old boy. „I have always enjoyed being outside and kick a ball with friends. Friendship is particularly important during childhood. Having a group of friends who accept you and respect you can have a positive impact,“ he stands.
Although More Football Academy is directed at children and youth, mainly, it also provides individual trainings for those adults who want to work on themselves or who are not satisfied in the lessons in their football clubs. „At present, we organize a school tournament for the Kamínky Elementary School and Pomněnky Kindergarden. I can uncover that from September we will cooperate with the International School of Brno that work with foreigners, exclusively,“ discloses the founder Stoss.
You can try a training for free at More Football Academy. There is a proper background and the academy has qualified coaches who completed a coaching licence from UEFA. Trainings in English are included in the offer. „We want everyone to feel good at us, no matter from which country he comes from. Therefore we have visitors from Syria, India, and Poland. In summer we welcomed footballers from England,“ specifies Martin Stoss.
His academy is unique not only for the high-quality playground or being English friendly. „We are special because of friendly and individual approach to the players and parents, too. There is a very positive atmosphere which you notice in the very first lesson. We communicate with kids a lot. We ask them how they feel the particular tasks they do and how they benefit them. They find the answers by themselves which is the best way how to learn,“ the head of the project explains. Stoss himself is not an active football player anymore but he tries to be involved in the trainings as much as he can.
„It’s both time and mental consuming because if I want to be good in my job I need to educate myself and be open to opportunities. Football has been part of my life. When I realized my active career was going to end I knew I wanted to keep in touch with this sport. I had my dream and all the inspirative people around me. Thanks to that I got an idea how to make my dream come true. That’s what I really like about it. It’s not about to have a dream. The crucial is to go for it.“