Shooting at guards

Trip Start Jul 22, 2013
Trip End Aug 03, 2013

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Flag of Bulgaria  , Montana,
Thursday, August 1, 2013

Another good morning at the prison today with plenty of game time for the young men. Every morning we have the same issues; we want to split the guys up into three or four teams and no matter how we contrive it once the coloured bibs have been handed out there is always swapping and bartering as the lads get back into teams of their own choosing. We try our best to stop this (otherwise you get all the "top dogs" on one team) but it's usually a battle we can’t wholly win. There are also a number of lads who don’t want to join in with the warm-up and drills, they’re just to cool for school. Of course that is part of the reason they are here in the first place. Most of these young men have not been to school and many cannot read or write, hence the school on site.

There is still a bit of a buzz back at the hotel after last night’s talent competition. It really was encouraging to see our young people having such a great time together and we already hearing for them that they really want to do this again, soon and for longer!

The evening’s main event was a football match between the prison guards and a special UK/HOP team. Mr Petrov, the deputy director of Boychinovtsi, had made all the arrangements and we met at a sports club set just above the huge dam that sits to the north of the city of Montana. The game was hotly contested and when the guards scored the first goal (an amazing overhead scissor kick!) we thought we might be in for a tough night. However, our strength in depth and better organisation proved key and we were the winners by 6-2. We all went for a drink afterwards and were warmly welcomed by our hosts who expressed their gratitude for our efforts at the prison and asked when could they come to England for a return match?
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