Interview with Bucur Florin Octavian
Thank you for accepting our invitation to participate in our interview. Firstly, please present yourself and tell us, what is your connection with sports, and if you practised any.
Once again, greetings, welcome to Moșnița. I’m happy to be your guest for today’s interview. My name is Bucur Florin Octavian. I’m the mayor of Moșnița Nouă and regarding your question, if I practised a sport, yes, I did, I started since 1st grade to practice football. I got to go to a sports school, so somehow you got me right, I’m one of the few that likes sports and I get involved a lot in sports, but life offered me at one point another way. I stopped practising sports in the 9th grade and not because I wanted to, but because I suffered an injury on the football field, a double fracture of the tibia which literally got me out of the sports life. I say this with regret because I would have liked to continue my sports career, but maybe that event happened with a reason so I can follow another path in life.
For the second question, I would like to ask you what is the involvement of the local administration in the village and in the life of youth with fewer opportunities?
At least since 4 years ago since I took over the administration of Moșnița, from the first moment we said that Moșnița needs to have a local sports club and since last year we have it. At this moment there are over 200 kids which do sports there. Many of the youth are from that category you mentioned before. We offered the sports lessons for free to encourage the kids to come towards the sport. Sport means health, and that’s why we want as many kids to practice it. We have many sports branches among them are football, handball, basketball, contact sports, even rugby. It’s a good thing, the kids come and the parents have understood our message and we worked with pleasure to achieve it. We have an infrastructure containing a multifunctional sports hall and 4 sports fields which the kids use to do sports in open space. I forgot to mention that since recently we have the athletics branch, where we already obtained really good results at a national championship. We also have good results with other sports but this was our first very good result in athletics.
Thank you. I would like to ask you what are the facilities where the youth of the village can practice sports. You said that they have this sports hall where they have the opportunity to practice sports.
Yes, we have a pretty good infrastructure regarding sports in the village. We have this sports hall which is used by youth from the local school and by the youth from the village sports club. We have the 4 open space fields, which we take care of and make sure that the activities are held in the best conditions. Moreover, we are in the auction with a swimming pool, so a new sport will be born with the construction of this pool and we have another sports facility in construction which will have 4 multifunctional fields with synthetic grass, also for the kids, to give them the opportunity to practice sports in the best conditions. All the infrastructure of which I talked about is provided to the local sports club by the Town Hall, and the local sports club provides it further to the youth of our community. So this is the first thing with which we came to their aid. Moreover, at the sports club, they don’t have to pay a fee, it’s completely free, of course, that when the kids fo in a training camp, we provide the means of transport, we have a few small buses for that, when it is necessary, we want though to buy a bus for the local sports club to make the transport of the youth easier and we will further do everything in our power to avoid as much as we can the costs for them to carry on their activity without putting pressure on the budget of the parents and families. We will buy equipment for them as soon as possible to show that we are a legit local sports club, which we will also offer for free, so I could say that from the point of view of the administration of the Local Council and the Town Hall, we will try to make it the best possible for them, without thinking of profits or other things.
Thank you. For the last question, I would like to ask how are you the youth with fewer opportunities (financial, social or cultural) encouraged to practice sports?
For this kids we prepared annually, even though the sports club is relatively new – we had sports associations in the village to which we offered our support in regards to help this kids practice any sports in our village, and we as a supportive body as the Local Council we handed out awards, annually, where we tried to help them even financially to make it easier for them to practice sports. Sports involve expenses also because it’s clear that if you want to practice sports professionally, you need support. We got involved even in this regard and to the ones that didn’t have that many possibilities or reduced opportunities, we offered sometimes, based on the Town Hall budget some money to offer them the possibility to advance in what they were doing.
We thank you for your answers and for your time and wish you success with all the activities that you are involved with.
Thank you very much. I’m glad we met. I have in front of me a magazine which is called “Born for Sports”, we are here as well and I want to show our involvement because we have a dedicated page for Moșnița Nouă and I was very happy to be chosen by this magazine, me alongside that the local sports club to be part of this editorial which will not end here and will continue based on the results that the local sports club will achieve.