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  • ALROSA: a community-focused company

    Creating conditions for full-fledged leisure activities promotes a healthy lifestyle, so the company annually implements a multi-purpose Culture and sports program. Almaz Palace of Culture is the pride of ALROSA Cultural and Sports Complex. There are dozens of folklore ensembles, a fashion studio, children's clubs, teenage associations, retirement clubs, a Museum of the History of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia) and a cinema.

  • Forward to the future: the first results of ALROSA CSC national sports club students

    The national sports club of the ALROSA Cultural and Sports Complex first opened its doors to future champions three months ago. Today, 60 people play the sport: 20 children and 40 adults. We can say that the section is gradually gaining momentum.

    Larion Andreev, Master of Sports of Russia in wrestling, Master of Sports of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) in hapsagai, trains the athletes. The program includes freestyle wrestling, wrestling, Greco-Roman wrestling, hapsagai and mas-wrestling. Mas-wrestling translates as “stick tugging” into Russian. By the way, about 20 years ago it was recognized in our country and included in the All-Russian Register of Sports.

    “Why did ALROSA pay attention to national sports? The company operates mainly in Yakutia, where hapsagai, mas-wrestling and freestyle wrestling are the main cultivated national sports. The support of ALROSA helps to make them more accessible to the residents of our town. Before opening a new club, the company conducted a survey. The results showed that many people wanted to do hapsagai, mas-wrestling and freestyle wrestling," says Larion Andreev, Master of Sports of Russia in wrestling, Master of Sports of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) in hapsagai and a coach at ALROSA CSC.

    He is sure that national sports will evolve as much as figure skating, swimming, short track and hockey. Classes are held six times a week. There are both children and adults in the club, it is open to everyone. According to Larion Andreev, the children's group is gradually moving from basic training. At the initial stage, the goal was to attract as many children and teenagers as possible to systematic training.

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    "Training included outdoor sports, general physical training and acrobatics," says Larion Andreev. “At the training stage, we set the task of improving health, including physical development and also improving the level of physical condition and sports results, considering individual characteristics. In December, we plan to hold the first competitions for children. There are 20 children in this group and the parents fully support us."

    Ksenia Chagdurova, Aidar Chagdurov’s mother:

    "My son loves activities. He always plays various outdoor games and enjoys it a lot! So, we signed him up for national sports. This is a very interesting sport where you need to have a quick reaction, good coordination and concentration. My son likes it because it’s not too hard, but it develops flexibility, coordination, endurance and muscle strength."

    The adult group continues training stage that includes participating in town and regional competitions. "Three months is not enough for results, but we can already boast our success,"the coach continues. “Our students Nyurgun Andreev, Albert Migalkin and Ilya Namylov took part in the all-Russian freestyle wrestling tournament. I participated, too. The results were good, we brought one silver and one bronze medals."

    Yerofey Khabarov all-Russian freestyle wrestling tournament is one of the oldest competitions in the Far East. The tournament has a master status, which allows athletes fulfill the standard for the master of sports of Russia under certain conditions. Almost 200 wrestlers from 15 regions of the country fought for medals. There were wrestlers from Krasnoyarsk, Irkutsk, St. Petersburg and Rostov-on-Don, Novosibirsk and Kemerovo Regions, Buryatia, Yakutia, Sakhalin, Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Area and Mongolia. They competed in 14 weight categories, in each there were enough opponents.

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    Nyurgun Andreev (65 kg) won a silver medal and Larion Andreev (74 kg) is a bronze medallist. Albert Migalkin (57 kg) and Ilya Naumov (61 kg), though not included in the top three, got a lot of experience and positive emotions.

    One more achievement of the club is a bronze medal at the Yakutsk Freestyle Wrestling Open Championship. The competition was held in the capital of Yakutia on 9-10 November. It was dedicated to the memory of Valery Karamazov, the honored coach of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia). 128 wrestlers represented the School of High Sports Mastery, M. K Ammosov North-Eastern Federal University, Churapcha Regional Center for Sport Training, Churapcha State Insitute of Physical Education and Sports and College of the Olympic Reserve. The diamond region was represented by Nyurgun (70 kg) and Larion (79 kg) Andreevs. At the end of three fights, Larion won the bronze medal.

    On 27-30 November 2019, the all-Russian tournament in memory of two-time Olympic champion Soslan Andiev was held in Vladikavkaz. Yakutia was represented by Nyurgun Andreev, the CSC athlete. The Sports Committee of Yakutia provided assisted with arrangements for the trip.

    Also, the wrestlers of national sports club are preparing for the all-Russian tournament of D. G. Mindiashvili Wrestling Academy for participation in Ivan Yarygin, a highly rated tournament, which will take place in January, 2020 in Krasnoyarsk.

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    According to Larion Andreev, you can start wrestling at any age. You can also achieve results regardless of age, as long as your health allows. CSC coaches have a very careful approach. They make a special program for each group and for each student, considering their individual characteristics and physical capabilities. In coaching, Larion Andreev uses a mixed method, which means a little bit of everything. His coaching is based on the methods of his best teachers: honored coach of the USSR and Russia Magomed Huseynov and honored coach of Yakutia and Russia Ivan Sivtsev.

    “The victories and achievements of the kids are largely the result of extencive work on the development of sports culture in ALROSA. Champions appear where they love and support the sport. Our most important task is to grow a healthy and strong generation. I believe that thanks to ALROSA, Mirny residents have a unique opportunity to play national sports. Hapsagai, mas-wrestling and wrestling are not just sports, they’re the part of the people culture. I think the revival, support and development of national sports is very valuable,”says Motrena Skryabina, the Head of the ALROSA Cultural and Sports Complex. “We have a specially equipped for wrestling room in Olympus sports complex. I would like to note that we are still recruiting to the club. We accept all comers. You can sign up at any time at the following address: 22 Leningradsky Avenue, Mirny. We accept children from 7 to 16 years old, as well as adults. The fee is small. The Cultural and Sports Complex has set the minimum payment. There are various benefits for schoolchildren, students and pensioners."

    And most importantly, sport is not just about records and medals. It’s an active lifestyle, health, cheerfulness, optimism and longevity. You don't have to be a professional athlete to benefit from and enjoy sports.

    Photos by Grigory Iftody

  • It’s All in Your Legs!

    TaeKwonDo (foot-hand-way) means literally "the art of the feet and the hands" or "the art of kicking and punching." It is not just martial arts, but a whole culture with its own philosophy and values. It is not surprising that this type of martial art gained immense popularity around the world and in less than 50 years it became an Olympic sport. And in Mirny sport group of Taekwondo has been working for more than 12 years under the guidance of experienced trainers, which allows its trainees to take prizes at various competitions.

  • Ivan Ustinov: “Track and field is a cyclical sport”

    ‘...it is important not to be late for training session. It indicates your attitude towards training and life...’ educates his athletes Ivan Ustinov, track and field coach of ALROSA CSC.

  • Kristall Swimming Pool opened on the last day of October

    On October 31, the renovated Kristall swimming pool welcomed its first visitors. Athletes and amateurs, adults and young residents of the diamond capital were looking forward to this day.

  • Yes to football: 9 months of ALROSA CSC

    2019 was a year full of football events for young football players of the ALROSA Cultural and Sports Complex and their coaches. Without doubt, the main event was the victory in Futsal Championship of Russia in Spassk-Dalny among athletes born in 2002 (in Far East).

    Futsal Championship of Russia is one of the most important competitions in the Far East. Before that, the battles of amateur teams were held in Ussuriysk for several years. This time it was Spassk-Dalny that became the center of attraction for the best teams from all over the region. Five champion teams participated in the competition. These are the winners of the Primorsky Territory, ALROSA team, the Jewish Autonomous Area and the Khabarovsk Territory champions and the hosts of the championship – Spassk-Dalny team. Mirny team played four official games, won three and finished one in a draw. They scored 19 goals and missed 7. However, that did not affect the final results – ALROSA CSC team won the champonship and the right to represent the entire Far East in the final which will be held in March 2020 in Nizhny Novgorod.

    Also, the ALROSA team won some Republican competitions. Young football players took part in the Cup and the Championship of Yakutia in futsal. At the same time, four members of the club qualified for the Children of Asia ISG: Sergey Efimov, Danil Karimov, Denis Kaiser and Vladislav Belomestnov. The honored coach of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) and High Achiever of Physical Culture of the Russian Federation Andrey Kulagin trains the future football stars. He says that ALROSA CSC students made a real sporting feat and a wonderful gift to Mirny residents by winning in the Championship of Russia.

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    Andrey Kulagin: “We needed lasting success”

    "We were not chasing fast results. We needed lasting success. And now we got the result we wanted. This was our first victory at such high level. I think that all CSC students will lead from this result, and they will also try to make our city and our Republic famous. The kids did a good job and we always felt the support of the Cultural and Sports Complex. As a coach, I want to note that ALROSA supports the development of children's sports and trips to competitions outside the district and Yakutia. Even our youngest football players, boys born in 2008, traveled to competitions twice this year: the all-Russian tournament in Kazan and the Republican competition in Yakutsk. This is not only an experience for them, but also motivation," says Andrey Kulagin.

    We can say that 2019 can be a starting and a turning point in the development of children's football in Mirny district. Step by step, CSC is moving confidently in the chosen direction. Children's, corporate and mass football have developed in football club. The age category has expanded in children groups – it is from 5 to 17 years now.

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    As a team sport, football develops camaraderie and team spirit.

    It is very important for the development of personal qualities, such as teamwork skills, commitment and responsibility. Just a couple of hours a week spent playing football can significantly improve your health. CSC has serious plans to create a school and pre-school football league and a goalkeeping school.

    Motrena Skryabina: “We are proud of our students”

    "We raise future champions here. We have all the conditions for that: modernly equipped sports complexes and stadiums. Accessible sport inspires people to play sports and gives an opportunity to get new skills and emotions. Mass events increase the number of people who play sports systematically. Our main goal is to develop and promote football. We have a wide range of sports festivals. For example, the CHEER festival. For several days, both children and adults attend famous athletes’ free master classes. We invite famous coaches to give open lessons. It is gratifying that the veteran’s football has also received support. We annually hold tournament in memory of Sergey Kudrin, the captain of Almaz team, for veteran teams. Internal corporate competitions also play an important role in the development of mass sports. We are proud of our students,"says Motrena Skryabina, the head of ALROSA CSC.

    The main results of 2019 football season will be summed up at the traditional gala night which will be held in December in Mirny. Now we can talk about the best players of ALROSA CSC football club.

    Syimyk Sulaimanov: “Best forward”

    Syimyk is only 17 years old, but the he is ready for adult football. He scored many important goals and passes. Syimyk is the “powerhouse” of the team. He is 2018 and 2019 best player of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), multiple champion of Yakutia, champion of the Far East and winner of the Cups of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia).

    Pavel Stepanov: “Best shooter”

    Pavel is 16 years old. He plays on prong of attack and has a great scoring flair. He scored more than 30 goals during the season. He is the “dagger” of the team. He is 2016 and 2018 best shooter of Yakutia, multiple champion of Yakutia, champion of the Far East and winner of the Cups of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia).

    Alexey Suraev: “Best defender”

    The team captain is 16 years old. He is a well-rounded and powerful defender with an outstanding technique. He has a strong shot and an excellent pass. He has a good vision of the field. Alexey is the “brain” of the team. He is 2017 and 2019 best defender of Yakutia, 2016 and 2018 best player of Yakutia, multiple champion of Yakutia, champion of the Far East and winner of the Cups of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia).

    Sergey Berdnikov: “Best goalkeeper”

    A good goalkeeper makes half of the team. To become one, you need to work very hard, though. Sergey is 16 years old. He has been playing football since he was 8. He is 2018 and 2019 best goalkeeper of Yakutia, multiple champion of Yakutia, champion of the Far East and winner of the Cups of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia).

    Maxim Ivanov: “Best football player”

    Maxim is 17 years old. He is considered to be one of the most stable and mobile players. Maxim played for his team for the first time at the age of 12. In 2018-2019, he participated in 60 events. Over the past 5 years, he has not missed a single competition. He is in the main team. He plays smoothly and reliably. His goals and passes brought victory to the Mirny team repeatedly. Maxim is the “wall” and “core player” of the team. He is a multiple champion of Yakutia, champion of the Far East and winner of the Cups of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia).

    There are new games, new tournaments and new leagues ahead. The coaches hope that Mirny district will be represented well and will show bright and spectacular football. Young players, in turn, thank ALROSA for financial support and developing football and sports in Mirny district.

    Yes to football: that is the result of this season. There is a growing generation of passionate football players who are ready to train day and night. Today, 500 children play football in the Mirny district. Only in Mirny there are about 300 of them. ALROSA is ready to support young players. Therefore, they will succeed.

    Photos by Grigory Iftody