No-one can doubt the passion that the people of Rmeish have for football. As many as 200 villagers currently play in an assortment of teams. Ranging from fresh-faced seven year olds to fathers in their fourties, they compete in matches against neighbouring villages. The players come by car and taxi, as Rmeish is a good kilometer from the ground itself. But such is their dedication, these footballers are happy to come to their ground three or four times a week for training alone. November 2009:
The ground is overgrown with weeds and strewn with rocks. The fence and the goalposts are rusty and the unkempt goal-nets flow freely in the wind. Litter has collected close to the edge, with some even spilling onto the ground itself. The sad truth is that despite the village’s enthusiasm for the game, more people could be playing football. Some are put off by the ground’s sub-standard quality and believe they will be hurt if they play on it. Those that do play feel that the teams could be more successful if the ground itself was improved. June 2010:
Funding has been received for this project in May 2010, and implementation is complete: now football-lovers of Rmeish, Aita, Debel, Ein Ebel, Kaounine, Ainata, Aitaroun and Beit Lif can train and enjoy their favourite sport in a safe and fun way. Check the pictures below to follow us on the journey towards this whole new field. You can also support a football field in Aley to foster friendships amongst youth. Go to our Projects page to discover more opportunities to promote a Young Lebanon!