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One week full of excitement and unforgettable memories – This is what around 50 kids from the disability football groups of Queens Park Rangers FC, Everton FC, Bayer 04 Leverkusen, SV Werder Bremen, FC Basel 1893 and the Irish Football Association experienced during the Special Youth Camp 2016. Celebrating its 10th anniversary on Thursday, the Special Youth Camp, came to a spectacular end.
From 31st July until 5th August 2016, the Special Youth Camp brought together kids with mental and/or physical disabilities for one exciting week full of exchange, fun and football. The yearly camp, run since 2007, is organised by the Football Club Social Alliance and the Scort Foundation.
The camp offered the kids, coming from all over Europe, many thrilling activities, such as climbing, beach soccer, a stadium tour of the FC Basel 1893 ground and of course many fun football trainings. The highlight of the week was the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Special Youth Camp. For one entire day, the FC Basel 1893 Academy got taken over by the kids and got turned into a great fun festival venue. The FCB U-21-Team joined the kids in their morning training sessions and showed them some new tricks and skills. The excitement got even greater when FC Basel 1893 professional players Taulant Xhaka, Tomas Vaclik, Adama Traore and Marek Suchy teamed up with the girls and boys for their fun festival in the afternoon.
“It is always great seeing the kids play. And we are happy to take our time to be part of this.” Adama Traoré, professional player FC Basel 189
"The kids were really enjoying the week. They enjoyed playing the games. It is brilliant to see that their confidence grows and they become different people.” Nathan Horder, coach QPR in the Community Trust
“I have never done such a great travel, especially as it was the first time for me to travel without my family. It is so special for me and I really appreciate that I have had the chance to be here with all the other kids. Thank you!” Filippo, participant QPR in the Community Trust
Tandem Young Coach Education
This week also saw the completion of the Tandem Young Coach Education programme. As a team of two, one with and one without special needs, 12 Young Coaches learned in May this year how to independently run their own training sessions and tournaments. During the Special Youth Camp here in Basel they showcased the skills that they learned during the education and officially received their certificate to become trainers in disability football.
For many years, Queens Park Rangers FC has been joining forces with other European First League Clubs as part of the Football Club Social Alliance to help empower disadvantaged children and youth.