Prime Minister Erna Solberg (H) heard strong stories from players in NM in street football. Many of them have used the sport to get away from addictions.
The Prime Minister received the honor of kicking the ball into play at the match between Sandvika and Arendal on Saturday afternoon for the NM game which is held in Kongsvinger.
After the game, she handed over one of the soccer balls that the Prime Minister’s office has made to promote sustainability goals. The current ball has been signed by Terminator star and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Solberg believed his famous phrase “I’ll be back” was especially suitable for those who fought off addiction.
“It’s a great pleasure to look at. Football is fun in itself, but street football is simply used to create an environment and a pleasure for those who have a challenge and help them motivated to battle their addictions,” Solberg told the NTB.
“The impression is that this may be a much better functioning measure than much else we have done to help battle addiction,” she continues.
Got to listen to stories Erna Solberg met with several of the players and coaches in street football NM and said that there were strong stories.
“It’s important to remember that many people may get off course at some point during their lives or have psychological issues. Which may often be combined with drug use.
Aleksander Hågensen, plays and coaches at Hveita United from Trondheim, was among those who Solberg met.
“It’s terrific that people in positions of power in society see what this is all about, and hear that it helps many to get back to a healthy and normal life,” he says.
“I got into street football and got the desire to be alive again,” he says.
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