The long performance road also passes through the fan platform

At the beginning of June, the weather, the predestination, the plans, the goodwill of the superior national forums – all led to an unexpected and unprecedented result by the local youth stadium – the first national television rugby match, broadcast live by TVR1 rugby club Jura Humorului against Cluj University.

Rugby club Jura Humorului, a team from the former National Seniors Division, will meet for the first time in the new official championship of the National Rugby League a team of the former Premier League. I’ll stop here with the rugby details and leave the final score of the match aside. Instead, I will emphasize an aspect that seems to me to be a distinctly glorious need more than simple personalities – the importance of supporters, the community to support the team from the grass, from the edge of the field.

On June 4, 2022, hundreds of people were gathering in Gura Humorului in the stands, people with parents, children, grandparents, students and their teachers, personalities who had never been in their lives perhaps at a rugby match, but also ardent fans alike.. we have witnessed perhaps the greatest strength of the sport – the strength of Uniting people and societies. This is perhaps the largest number of spectators hosted at Tineretului Stadium in the past three years. Or this is not a simple thing.

The journey of sport in the community, be it rugby or football, should start here – with the support of the community you belong to. And any match can be deciphered not only in those numbers that show the result at the end of the match, but in the possible impact on society.

At the moment, the entire Romanian environment, and not only the sport, is invigorated in every flash of performance, when we all become compliments of a result, for a name, without beginning and without end – because it is not, we are not really a sport. And if the athlete who represents us is having a bad day and results below expectations, a new forum of commentators, more ferocious and aggressive, becomes the supreme arbiter.

In those moments of performance, the path of the athlete or team in question was no longer relevant to us, because we were too busy to live our lives, while others worked so that we could cling to a result, an achievement, an entity that was probably supported by a handful of people up to that point.

Going back to rugby, in fact, each of us can do something for Romanian sport: we can become consumers of the sport as part of our daily lives. It takes so little, we just need to get out of the house and support the sporting communities around us just by being on the field. At the same time, we can teach young children that the time they spend in or near the grass, at the edge of the field, has this role to develop you personally.

Our athletes can grow beautifully and harmoniously if we align their environment in which they practice their activities over time and not just in a moment of glory.

Supporting the community is perhaps a major focus of Romanian sports film, with potential effects in the medium and long term, contributing to the lack of a practical model for sport for nearly everyone.

Not so long ago, I participated in a mini-rugby tournament that brought together various sports clubs from different provinces of the country. On the sidelines, one of the parents, who I later found out was the mayor of a district in Suceava, shouted angrily at his little girl during the match. It would be very difficult for me to reproduce what I had heard, but I certainly knew that this child was there with a very important mission – to fulfill his father’s failed desires, to stand out from the crowd at all costs, and his verbal aggression was meant as encouragement. I quickly realized that whatever this kid did in the game wouldn’t be good enough.

And I can’t help but wonder if our support for everyone, towards Romanian sports, is not on par with that episode at the moment.

Our support is perhaps best, in fact, from the edge and the grass, favorably directed to any child and young athlete who, when turning his head from the middle of the field, knows that no matter what the outcome of the day, society is close by.

For us, the televised match on that day of June 4, 2022 meant how people came to the edge of the stadium from Jura Humorului for the first time there, students with balloons, supporters holding banners that read Hai Homoru, groups of friends and families with children, all coming to the social inclusion event and I think that’s always been the case.

But time has passed since then. The team continued their matches without TVR1 and without the fleeting impression of the support the community provided at the time. The players continued to watch the nearly empty stands of the stadium, until, with God’s help, we got some television, and insisted that the local businessman understand, at least on a declarative level, the role of sport in society and society. .

And for the beast of what fans and society mean, but also the beauty of a rugby match, I invite you to the Romania-Italy match, which will be played on the Arc de Triomphe on July 1, 2022, starting at 21:00, two teams that meet again after 18 years, in Bucharest. Do we shout together “Let’s Romania!”?

Gabriela Popescu is the founder of Te Aud Romania.

After a period in the world of banking financial services in London, Gabriella decided to return to the country, to Jura Humorului, where she founded Te Aud Romania in 2014. The purpose of the foundation is to provide alternative education for children from disadvantaged backgrounds through educational projects and participation through sports. At the same time, Gabriella has reinvigorated her local rugby team, Jura Humorului rugby club, managing to engage both the humor community and national and international partners.

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