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Young people have their future in their hands, but also ours*

*translation of a post first published on “Centenario dello Stadio Ennio Tardini” Facebook page.

Young people have their future in their hands. But also ours.

Today is November 30, 2023.


It is cold.

It’s one of those typically autumn days that physically bring us into winter.

You can feel the humidity in your bones.

You’re running errands in the center and you’ll have them all day but the house, the radiator on, maybe a nice plate of anolini for the evening are already fantastic.

Then you pass via Saffi.

You shouldn’t have taken that road, but you find yourself there coming from San Giovanni and passing through Borgo del Correggio.

At a certain point you have a flash of inspiration, an illumination, you perceive your best smile under the collar of your jacket.

Did it occur to you that in these same days, but 110 years ago, a group of young boys from Parma met in those parts to plan the future.

Enthusiastic, excited, full of ideas and projects and at the same time cold and wrapped in their heavy cloaks, they walk quickly through the city fog.

They come from the villages of the Historic Center and Oltretorrente, some from the outskirts of Prati Bocchi and San Leonardo. With two very heavy bicycles, there are those arriving from San Lazzaro.

At the time Parma was always wonderful, but not that great.

There rich images of hopes and dreams, warming themselves by the fire of the stove inside the tavern, and while they try to warm themselves by rubbing their hands, these young boys talk about the future and the football team they want to create.

Some of them have already participated in a football tournament (grouping under the temporary name of the Verdi Foot Ball Club), but they are so enthusiastic that they want to stabilize and make that brief previous experience lasting.

They think big: “…we have to create our city’s football team and we will call it PARMA FOOT BALL CLUB!!!”

Imagine twenty-year-old boys, sitting at the tables of a tavern in Via Saffi, on a cold November evening in 1913, talking, shouting, smiling, waving, dreaming, drawing, asking each other a thousand and a thousand questions, but they are animated by an iron will and a common goal and thanks to this they overcome all obstacles, overcome any impediment.

Try to imagine how much determination and how much healthy enthusiasm I could have had in planning and realizing a dream that changed and improved the lives of thousands and thousands of future Parma residents or Parma fans.

Without them, without their evenings in the cold to meet and talk about Parma, we probably wouldn’t be here today.

But fortunately we are here and on 16 December 2023 we will celebrate the 110th anniversary of the birth of the most beautiful football club in the world.

Here, dear young people from the Curva (and not only) who perhaps will read these lines: we hope you have the same imagination, the same will, the same determination that your peers had 110 years ago.

We hope you imagine the Curva Nord and the Ennio Tardini Stadium in the most beautiful, colourful, loudest and most engaging way possible.

We hope you overcome your doubts, shyness, scruples and do everything possible so that our support can be an example for the young people to come.

We hope you have the same enthusiasm, the same excitement, the same will to make your dreams come true, exactly like those who imagined Parma football in the autumn of 1913.

1913 seems very distant and yet the fruits of that amazing sowing are still here today. And they will remain so for who knows how many decades to come.

Dear young Parma people or not Parma people but Parma fans: don’t be afraid of the future, because it is in your hands, in your head and in your heart.

If you listen to them and follow, we will listen to you and follow you.

The future is already here*

*translation of a post first published on “Centenario dello Stadio Ennio Tardini” Facebook page.

“Venice Parma, we return defeated, but there is a Crusader fan who smiles when he thinks back to the day.

No, it’s not because of the team’s play or the visit to the city, his smile comes from looking at those present at the away match.

Those present were few, or at least lower than the number one might have expected (there were 518 in total), but it is by observing them closely that a different observation arises: there are a lot of young guys.

Following up on this observation (40% of those present were under 35 years old and a percentage between 10/15% under 20 years old) the desire to delve further arose: how is our fan base from a demographic point of view? Not in general, obviously, but that part that cheers, that shouts, that moves, that goes away.

Here is the data.

This year in the Curva Nord there were 4,233 subscriptions subscribed and more precisely:

2633 full – 490 reduced women – 706 under 24 – 404 under 14

This means that 1110 people under the age of 24 have subscribed to the Curva Nord, representing over 25% of those who have pledged loyalty to the Crusaders no matter what.

25% is a very high figure, from a quantitative point of view; but it is a fundamental value from a qualitative point of view, because those who are under 24 undoubtedly represent the future of our fans.

But that is not all.

In this championship, just over 2000 tickets per match were sold at the box office; had half of these been developed by a group of ticket fans between 14-24 years.

You can immediately understand how the percentage of young people attending the Curva is growing more than proportionally (and affecting potential enthusiasm).

We turn to them, so that they have the desire and courage to involve other peers, to question themselves, to make the Parma match an unmissable event, to identify completely with the only team that represents our splendid city and our magnificent province, to bring all their enthusiasm, making up (at least in part) for the gaps and shortcomings of the Crusade fans.

But we also turn to Parma Calcio and the fan organisations, so that everyone is increasingly encouraged to involve, bring together and make the passion that a boy of that age can have explode.

We “little old men” must act as “little old men”, encouraging and stimulating them, without acting as a stopper..

Young people must be young because the future, for us and for them, has already begun and is already here.

Forward Young Crusaders!”

Academy Summer Camps in NYC

Parma Academy network growing process is going on quickly, as we had the chance to testify during last months, talking about the Hungarian exchange and Copa Crozada. The Club just announced the organization of the first American Summer Camp this summer with a Gigi Buffon video. It will take place in New York City, in the Manhattan district (Lower East Side and Little Italy), from 24 July to 4 August 2023.

The Camps, run by Parma Calcio coaches, are open to children aged 5 to 14. All registration information is available at

As Gioele Caravello, head of the the Parma Academy project, the network is spreading and this will be hopefully the first of a series of appointments in the States.

If you run an Academy or a Club or are in contact with them, in USA as in other countries, and are interested in check the chances of a collaboration with Parma Academy, mail us. We will put in contact with our Club.

Parma Calcio avantgarde: fans with disabilities in away stand

We can be in serie A, B, C or D, we can be in a bad period, in a strange season, whatever, but we always find the way to lead in this kind of ventures.

Parma Calcio – in the person of Giuseppe Squarcia, Parma Calcio Supporters Liaision Officer and Football Social Responsability – and Centro Coordinamento Parma Clubs will bring 30 fans with disabilities in the away stand in Ferrara. This is an experimental trial for a more inclusive stadium experience.

It can seem a really small thing but it is not. If accessing the home matches for disabled fans is becoming easier years by years, away matches have a sort of filter for them, represented by the travel, the access to the stand, the helper and the infrastructures.

With the availability by Spal, Coordinamento and Parma Calcio will give the chance to 30 fans from Cooperativa I Girasoli and Fiorente and from Paralympic Parma team to take part to this stadium experience.

After “Parma for Specials” and “Always with Blue”, anther great venture by the Club on the social side. We are really proud of this.

Plastic Pull: for natural environment, for our territory

Credit: Parma Calcio

Botond Balogh, Bianca Giulia Bardin and Margherita Brscic took part to a garbage collection on Parma pebbly riverbed taking part to a the project Plastic Pull by Piantando, partner of Parma Calcio women team.

On this specific activity, the players and a group of Club employees collected 230 kg of garbage in a specific area of Parma surroundings, that will encrease the total amount of 5 tons collected by the Plastic Pull project.

A (silent) commendable activity by the Club, that enforce the link with the territory. Well done.

Boys and CCPC: we want qualified people

Boys 1977 and Centro Coordinamento Parma Clubs published a paper in which they underline their disappointment with the Club for not respecting the summer promises. During a summer meeting in Boys and CCPC asked the Club to be more present, expecially to have a person to relate with, that could be – in good and in bad times – a point of reference. They register a total absence, a part for resuts, an absence of the care and passion. That is why they wrote: SOCIETÀ ASSENTE, DISASTRO EVIDENTE:
(“Club absent, obvious disaster:
we want qualified people”)

All together, half an hour before the match

Saturday 26th november, for the derby match against Modena, Boys Parma 1977 and Centro Coordinamento Parma Clubs ask to all the fan base to fill Tardini half an hour before the match in order to take part, all together, to a massive choreography that will involve the whole stadium.

We remember you that all Boys activity is self-financed and that is possible to support their activity by subscriptions, donations and buying the Group merchandising.

All together we can do great things, together nothing is impossible.