Soccer gamers with mental disabilities, together with athletes from Particular Olympics Portugal, had been delighted to take part on the latest Particular Champions League soccer match on Wednesday 8 February 2023. The match was hosted by Fundação Benfica at their Estádio da Luz campus in Lisbon. The occasion was the primary in a collection of tournaments that make up the Particular Champions League undertaking which is funded by Erasmus+ and options Particular Olympics Europe/Eurasia as an professional associate. The soccer match showcased a unbelievable collaboration between the European Soccer Growth Community, Fundação Benfica, Particular Olympics Europe/Eurasia and Masterfoot whereas proving to be an pleasurable expertise for everybody concerned.
Twelve totally different groups participated, that includes girls and boys with an mental incapacity, from AFC Ajax, Werder Bremen, Benfica, KAS Eupen, SD Huesca, Levante UD, NEC Nijmegen, Basis 92, Juventus, Bayer Leverkusen, Everton and the workforce from Particular Olympics Portugal. The ages ranged from 15 – 28 and as Particular Olympics oversaw the foundations of the match, truthful competitors was ensured below the divisioning course of in order that groups of equal means performed one another. The match was not all about soccer because the social facet was each bit as essential. For some gamers, it was additionally the primary time they’d been on a aircraft which made the match a very memorable expertise. The day earlier than competitors started, the groups gathered to eat collectively, play a quiz and take part in an ice-breaker paper aircraft problem. It was a good way for all gamers within the match to get to know one another earlier than competing.
All groups had the chance to play 5 matches which meant every participant noticed on-field sport time throughout the match. The match completed with an award ceremony the place there was the chance for social engagement between the footballers and to have a photograph with the Benfica official mascot. After the ceremony, there was a remaining gathering on the Museu da Cerveja the place all groups dined collectively sharing in a typical Portuguese dish: Codfish Cake.
The subsequent Particular Champions League match can be hosted by Bayer Leverkusen in June 2023.
Tournaments just like the Particular Champions League in Lisbon are the proper instance of the ability of soccer to unite folks from totally different backgrounds. It was an incredible expertise and liked seeing how pleased the gamers and the coaches had been in Lisbon.
Vicky Conde – EFDN
The group has come nearer collectively by way of the journey and soccer experiences on the SCL, nice to expertise and see this up shut as a coach!
Job Bakhuis – Coach NEC
It is the primary time I’ve travelled to Portugal and having the ability to go along with my pals has been nice enjoyable, and much more so carrying the SD Huesca equipment.
Noel Esteban (Huesca)
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