Together Anything is possible!At the press conference held on 18 July at the Football Association of Ireland Headquarters in Dublin, was announced the launch of the “Amputee Football Tanzania” project. Its aim is to develop amputee football in Tanzania.
The European Amputee Football Federation (EAFF) and Football Association of Ireland (FAI), in collaboration with the Tanzania Paralympic Committee (TPC) and the ICRC MoveAbility Foundation, are organizing a week long training session for Amputees. 60 amputee football players, 10 coaches and 10 referees, among which 21 are under 16, will particpate for the very first time in Tanzania.
The project received strong support from the Irish population, who donated many sports equipment, as well as from the FAI’s CEO, John Delaney, who gave his full backing.
DHL and Turkish Airline are also supporting the project by importing crutches, football boots, goal keeper gloves, shin guards, football kits, cones, bibs and other material required for the training.
This initial visit will include:
- Providing kit & equipment for registered participants and the Tanzanian Paralympics Committee
- Outreach to schools for disabled children
- Run training sessions
- Education & training for referrers and coaches
- Networking: Meetings with government officials & sporting bodies to help ensure future support
Football coaching with the top players
During this week’s training, the Tanzanian amputee football players will have the best around them:
- Mr. Simon Baker, General Secretary of the European Amputee Football Federation (EAFF), founder and former chairman of the Irish Amputee Football Association
- Coach Christy McElligott, UEFA B licence coach, manager of the Irish amputee International Team and development officer for the Football Association of Ireland (FAI)
- Ms. Emma Mullan,videographer from the FAI Communications Department, who will immortalize these precious moments
Breaking down barriers through football
The ICRC MoveAbility Foundation promotes social inclusion through sports for persons with disabilities. It is not only an outstanding instrument for personal development, it is also a powerful unifying force. Because sport can break down barriers of discrimination, but also allow people with disabilities to grow and forget their own barriers.
In reference to sport, article 30.5 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCPRD) guarantees the right to play, recreation and sport for all persons with disabilities. Tanzania, as one of the signatory nations, has committed to ensure these rights, including access to sport.
On the final day of training, a tournament and the final match will take place in presence of local dignitaries, sports lovers and media on the 27th of July 2018 at the National Stadium in Dar Es Salaam.
On this occasion, the logo of the newly created Tanzanian Amputee Football Federation (TAFF) will also be unveiled officially.