András grew up in Hungary and Egypt and became a social worker. He started his career in an orphanage then moved on to manage a refugee and homeless shelter in Budapest. He was working as a social worker with homeless people when he organized a team of 8 youths from the shelter where he worked, and decided to take them to Cape Town to the Homeless World Cup. During the tournament in Africa he realised that football has more power to encourage hopeless people than anything else he had seen before. From that point he is a committed fan of the method of social skills development of people on the margin of society through football.
He was a leader of the tendering team at Oltalom Charity Society where his work connected to Oltalom Sports Association. However, he found himself in closer relations with OSA when writing a winning project application titled IRIS in the framework of Erasmus+ Sport. He is now managing freshly submitted project applications and projects under implementation especially with regard to their financial planning and reporting. „This job can be done efficiently only if one identifies with the social goals of OSA, which is quite easy for me. Assisting the social inclusion of socially disadvantaged groups, especially that of the youth is an elevating experience. I hope to write successful project applications in the near future and to implement domestic and international cooperative projects.”
After graduation I applied to study sociology and then after a few years of work here and abroad, I continued my studies in social work, where I specialised in crisis and trauma management. The time spent there has increased my interest in the effect of human and nature caused catastrophes on individuals and those different therapeutic opportunities which help to process them.
At OSA I primarily coordinate national and international projects, however according to my interests I not only participate in management but I also have the possibility to involve in the professional work of implementation of these projects and in social work conducted with players of the association.
I studied at Pázmány Péter Catholic University as a social pedagogist, where I worked with young and adults people in law enforcement. In one of my research at penitentiary, it has become clear that most people see the best re-socialization opportunity in sport, and for many, this is the only stable thing they can trust. In addition to the love of football, this was another reason I applied for the job, I believe that sporting behavior appears outside the field in players daily routine, helping to break down the barriers between different social groups.
Even in the kindergarden my sign was a ball, and football is one of my biggest passion ever since. I met my closest friends trough playing the game, I gained lifetime experiences, and learned a lot about myself and about life as well. I strongly believe that this sport can give at least as much or even more for others than it did for me. For this reason I am working for different organisations, to use football as a tool to strengthen local communities, develope social skills for the players and to improve social inclusion. I have trained, and organised football tournaments for players from segregated roma settlements, in children’s homes, for refugees, in penitentiary. I have met many different players with many different problems, but the ball was round everywhere.
I worked at the NGO Bagázs between 2011 and 2016: during this period, we held weekly football trainings for different age groups at the segregated Roma community of Bag, as well as organizing matches and training camps. Our aim was to use football to build a tight-knit community of the local youth and provide them with the opportunity to develop their skills. I have also worked with youth in foster care, holding football trainings for the U11 age group in 2018.
I got into contact with Oltalom Sport Association (OSA) in 2015, when we played a friendly match against their adult and youth team. Since then, I have participated in various programs and trainings organized by OSA, but I have become actively part of the association in February 2018. I was part of their team participating in the Homeless World Cup held in Mexico City in November 2018. Currently, I am holding football trainings through OSA at the all-girls juvenile correctional facility at Rákospalota.
I finished my Bachelor studies at the University of Physical Education, later I graduated in Intercultural Psychology and Education course at ELTE where during my studies I conducted an experimental research which made me enthusiastic about the idea of working with sports as a tool of social inclusion. OSA creates a unique community where with the mediation of sport people coming from different social bubbles can get to know each other and build their social network in a friendly ambience. THe players not only can improve their own psycho-social skills they also reduce eachothers’ and the society’s prejudices. In OSA I work as an English tutor and a social worker at trainings and I support the office work.