Sunderland disabled youth footballers take part in European coaching camp

People on the Foundation of Light trip to Switzerland.
People on the Foundation of Light trip to Switzerland.
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YOUNG disabled footballers from Sunderland have taken part in a European coaching camp.

The Foundation of Light’s specialist Disability Coaching team took their expertise to Switzerland as part of an international coaching camp designed to drive inclusion for disabled people in football.

Held in Basel, the Special Youth Camp 2014 brought together coaching teams and disabled youngsters from football clubs across the continent.

Coaches from the Foundation, the registered charity of Sunderland AFC, took eight disabled youngsters to the camp, which aimed to develop skills, confidence and independence.

The camp culminated in a football tournament which was attended by members of the FC Basel first team.

Kevin Darke, Foundation of Light inclusion manager, said: “It’s been great to see youngsters from all across Europe coming together and getting along through football.

“As well as being a great opportunity, this trip has been a fantastic learning experience for the coaching staff, with all of us sharing ideas and methods which we think will improve opportunities for youngsters with disabilities.”

The other football clubs taking part in the Special Youth Camp were FC Basel 1893, SV Werder Bremen, Bayer 04 Leverkusen and QPR.

Kristina Bohnstedt, head of projects at Scort Foundation, who organised the camp said: “This demonstrates the power of football, bringing young people together regardless of language or cultural barriers, in a shared learning experience which helps all involved. Foundation of Light’s team were a great addition this year and we hope that this is the start of a long and positive relationship.”