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He became president in 1985 when the company was called Gatto Azzurro and was in danger of closing due to economic problems, although he had never played hockey (he participated in the 1960 Olympics in Rome in rowing) he was able to raise it economically and organizationally, re-founder Elio Cassoli (Sadly also 2 months ago) in the management team, taking care of the sports and promotional part. Pederzulli, on the other hand, was the organizational, political and economic “mind”, with the participation of Ivan Mantofie, Rino Sibelli, Nelson Dente and Roberto Manzini. He also founded his first field hockey club in the province, in Ciano d’Enza, and took it to the U-14 World Cup Finals; He brought back to the city the team that had been training and playing in Roncocesi for 10 years, with major logistical problems especially in the development of the youth sector.
Among the greatest successes, one cannot fail to mention the creation of the artificial turf field behind the school complex in Via Macale, the second artificial turf field in Reggio Emilia, one year later in the Via Lutoli. In this case, this is the first public-private project in the sports field implemented by the Reggio Emilia Province with a private entity, Citt del Tricolore Field Hockey, in this case.
On the athletic level, he led the blue cat to the promotion from class B to A2 and for two years tried to jump to first class, in both cases he reached the place of honor; The first foreign athlete brought field hockey to Reggio Emilia, Russian Sergei Chatkovsky, who participated in the Olympic Games with his country; She organized the first two bus trips to Holland, to raise the technical level of the group by participating in youth and senior tournaments.
“Ario saved the hockey game in the mid-80s and gave the club life for more than a decade. If we are today where we are thanks to his incredible work,” remembered the president of Citt del Tricolore Hockey Stadium, Marco Bonacini.
The funeral service will be held at 10 am tomorrow, Wednesday, October 27, at the Cofiolo Cemetery Church. To his wife, Loredana, to his daughters Tiziana and Patricia, the last accountant in the Hockey League for more than 20 years, my sincerest condolences.
Prato Hockey Press Office Citt del Tricolore