Special Olympics European Football Week summary


Special Olympics Football Week

The Special Olympics European Football Week successfully concluded last Sunday, 26 May.


Over 400 events took place in 50 countries across Europe with involvement over 50,000 participants.


The general information can be find at  http://www.specialolympics.org/Regions/europe-eurasia/Program-Resources/European-Football-Week.aspx and detailed plans at http://www.specialolympics.org/uploadedFiles/Regions/europe-eurasia/_Region_Front/EFW%20NP%20Plans%202013.pdf


Below are brief descriptions of the events:


16-20 May: Special Olympics Int'l Unified Tournament at FC “Bate” Stadium for 12 teams from East Europe was organized with the support of Borisov City local authorities, and the “Bate” Football Club and Belarussian FA.

To create longer term legacy the Football Federation first Vice-President Mr Sergei Safaryan signed official Partnership Agreement  with Special Olympics Belarus. “This is a very important moment for both our organisations. Today we enter a new period of cooperation and inclusion and those who will benefit most from our partnership will be the athletes of Special Olympics" said Safaryan.


8-11 May: The National Games in Ghent  with football tournament as one of 19 sports offered.

16-19 May: Special Olympics at "We love football exhibition" in Anderlecht along with 30 organizations. 
Michel Sablon represented SOEE on 17 May at the  one of pannel discussion promoting Games in Antwerp, raising Unified Sports and using sport as a tool for social inclusion. 


Special Olympics teamed up with the Football Federation of Bosnia & Herzegovina and the family group OAZA 

9 Training sessions with together with the pro-clubs e.g. 1. FFC Frankfurt, a First League women team and 
4 regional tournaments


A video showing the trainings session together with VfB Stuttgart:

Great Britain:
Special Olympics and the FARE network – played a unified demonstration match at the UEFA Champions Festival in London on 24 May.


20-23 May: Football tournament throughout Greece with Unified Football Teams - Special Olympics Athletes were joined by famous Greek movie Stars, journalists, Young Police Officers and well known veteran footballers. 
22 May: UEFA Grassroots Day - highlight event were players with intellectual disabilities were , actors, journalists and police officers teams in 5 matches,  covered by the Greek State TV – ERT, ANT1, the Hellenic Football Prognostics Organisation TV Channel. All events were greatly supported by the Hellenic Football Federation


12 May: The International unified football tournament in city of Luxembourg with teams from Luxembourg, France and Germany 
New agreement between SO Luxembourg and the football club of Luxembourg City RFCUL signed.  

22 May: Official draw for Special Olympics European Unified Football Tournament in Warsaw (5-9 May) held at Legia facilities in Warsaw with attendance of Michal Zewlakow (the tournament ambassador), Jan Urban (Legia Head Coach) and Special Olympics representatives.


Articles in major Romanian Newspapers regarding Special Olympics Tournament organize in partnership with Romanian Football Federation.
Athletes declarations on 22 may 2013 :
1. This day (UEFA Grassroots day) is day when we playing on Romanian Football Federation venues in Buftea where only the most important football players of this country can play. We know now we are very important football players.
2. I like very much to play Football. I cannot explain …. both sensations are truly great.


Message from Kim Kallstrom https://www.facebook.com/SOEuropeEurasia?ref=stream&hc_location=stream

17-19 May: The National Unified Football Tournament in Kherson  for 12 teams


As it shows, this was extremely busy and successful week for the Special Olympics European Football Week, congratulations!


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