Minifootball is a widely played amateur sport across Europe that can create a real value for communities as a social inclusion tool. Social inclusion minifootball activities played an important part in the Mini4EU festival, especially during the Challenged Cup competition with 7 teams of mentally challenged athletes and people with intelectual disabilities.
Despite severe need, mentally challenged athletes are often denied opportunities and access to sport activities. Inclusive health and sports means that mentally challenged people with intellectual disabilities are able to take full advantage of the same health and sports programs available to all the population. The power and joy of minifootball, shifts focus to what our athletes CAN do, not what they can’t do. Then the attention to disabilities and challenges fades away.
The transformative power of sports in general and minifootball in particular can instill confidence, improve health and inspire a sense of competition for mentally challenged and people with intellectual disabilities – real sports, real competition, real achievements. Download the e manual on social inclusion in minifootball and learn more.