Students from twelve primary schools in Debrecen competed in the semi-finals of the competition series of Szent László Greek Catholic High School and Technical College on the 20th of  March 2024. The 7th and 8th grade students were able to experience the thrill of physical activity and the power of community building through playful exercises. The competition will continue on the 21st  March with the six best teams.

Students from 12 institutions advanced to the semi-finals on Wednesday. Among the participants was Márk Pokol, who came from Szent László Primary School with his team and said they were looking forward to the next tournament. “The previous games were very exciting, and I was also very excited to see if we would get through. We fought against strong teams and I’m happy we made it this far,” the student said.

A series of games competitions organised by the staff of the Szent László Greek Catholic High School and Technical School were linked to Move Debrecen! school programme.

“We try to encourage students as widely as possible to move and lead a healthy lifestyle. We have set up playful competition tasks that we wanted to use to showcase our school a little bit,”  Head of the Szent  László Greek Catholic High School and Technical School Éva Hámori said.

The skill exercises not only promote regular physical activity but also emphasise the importance of community building.

“I wish you to play sports, do something for your school, do something for your community, which is the most important thing. You are here because you represent a school, you represent a community,” Deputy Mayor Diána Széles said to the students.

The City of Debrecen, in cooperation with the university, has prepared a health plan to assess the health of the people living here. This led to the launch of the Move, Debrecen! programme in 2021, which was complemented last year by a school programme. So far, more than 55,000 people have been mobilised.

“Many problems have been highlighted by this health plan, such as obesity and the fact that children spend little time being active. The covid  pandemic a few years ago has basically made things worse. Then came the idea that we needed to change this radically,” Mayor László Papp pointed out.

In the final of the competition on Thursday, the best six teams will compete.


Author: Debrecen4U