Aspiring young hockey players from no fewer than nine nations are gathering in Switzerland today to compete in the Geneva Future Hockey Challenge. The prestigious tournament, for boys and girls in the U-15 age group, is one of many sporting events created as part of the Dobry Lyod (“Good Ice”) program backed by the Russian children’s charity, the Timchenko Foundation, and this year has attracted entrants from as far afield as Switzerland, Canada, Latvia, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Sweden and of course, Russia, which is supplying four teams: CSKA, SKA, Dynamo (Saint Petersburg) and Severyanka (Vologda Region). 

The competition is also supported by the Neva Foundation charity and Geneva-Servette Hockey Club. 

“This tournament will not only give the youngsters from Russia the chance to test their hockey strength and skills against opponents trained in European and Canadian hockey schools, but will also enable them to get to know and socialize with their fellow teenagers from other countries. It is especially gratifying to see that the girls of Severyanka have been invited to compete in this year’s event. They have been very active in our Good Ice program, and it will be fascinating to see how they fare here,” said Igor Baradachev, Deputy Director General at the Timchenko Foundation. 

The tournament runs until the 12th of April. 

Timchenko Foundation Fact File: 
For more than 20 years, Elena and Gennady Timchenko have devoted themselves to charitable work in Russia and abroad. In late 2010, to achieve optimum long-term results in the field of philanthropy, a charitable foundation was established in Moscow. This organization bore the title, Ladoga, until the end of August, 2013, when it received its current name, the Elena and Gennady Timchenko Charity Foundation (usually abbreviated to Timchenko Foundation) and brought together many different family charities into one portfolio. The Timchenko Foundation’s goals are to promote active lifestyles for all ages, to aid the development of sport and culture, and to render assistance to families and children in need. These strategies are aimed at furthering a systemic approach to tackling social problems throughout Russia.

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