The Hungarian-Austrian railway company and UIC-Member GYSEV will participate again this year in the 24th International Football Tournament for Railwaymen taking place from 20 – 25 May in Montesilvano in Italy.
GYSEV, together with a number of sport-friendly UIC Member companies, have been the initiators of these tournaments since 1996. GYSEV’s CEO Mr Szilárd Kövesdi is as a permanent Member of the Steering Committee strongly engaged in the work of the Union of European Football Railwaymen Association (UEFRA) which is in charge of the event’s organisation. In 2002, 2009 and 2014 the Hungarian State Railways MÁV and GYSEV jointly hosted the tournament, taking place for the first time in Zalaegerszeg, Western Hungary, and then twice on the shores of Lake Balaton in Balatonboglár and Balatonfüred.
The tournaments foster friendship and team spirit among railway staff from many countries and allow them to show their commitment to sports. Last but not least, thanks to the principle of rotation in the organisation, participants can enjoy an unforgettable week together with other railway colleagues in a marvellous place in Europe with a friendly atmosphere, as decided each year by the UEFRA.
Amateur football teams from the railway sector are warmly welcome to participate in the tournament, which is an open event to non-UEFRA members as well. The teams can already register for the 2019 tournament on the website of IRFT 2019, http://irft2019.5mp.eu/, where further information about the programme, the conditions, this year’s host and UEFRA can also be found.