'Football for Social Change' - Specially-abled athletes get a boost


NEW DELHI: In order to promote specially-abled athletes, coaches from Special Olympics (SO) Bharat and Delhi Dynamos Football Club played a football match on March 12 and 13. The first day of the celebration saw SO Bharat coaches, who have been trained by the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation,

conduct a special orientation programme called-'Football for Social Change' that was aimed at teaching a total of 15 coaches from Delhi Dynamos Football Club on ways to involve, promote and upgrade sports skills of Special Athletes.

"What we try to do with Special Olympics is give these kids a platform to play where they have a professional setup, proper coaching and training, and they can like feel part of the beautiful game as it should be," said SO Bharat coach Archie Das.

"The problem that we face the stigma, like, the parents don't want to let their kids out to come to play and there is no awareness as such. So what Delhi Dynamos is tying up with us, so it's like a big thing. We can reach out globally plus they have a professional set up which will help us in coaching the kids better," added Das.

The programme was followed by an exciting 11-a-side Unified football match, who celebrated the Unified spirit of Special Olympics as the coaches and special athletes came together as teammates.

Source: ANI, Representational Image


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