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Chelsea disabled youngsters took third place in the International Swiss Under-16 Cup Special Needs Tournament.

Youngsters from the Chelsea Foundation disability programme went to Switzerland and Liechtenstein to take part in the International Swiss Under-16 Cup Special Needs Tournament.

The tournament has been organized since 2011 and is coordinated by Football is More Foundation. This year’s edition was attended by six teams : Southampton, SV Werder Bremen and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim plus two local teams from Switzerland.

Youngsters from the Chelsea Foundation finished the competition on the third place. After the tournament, their coach Phil Moody said:

‘‘The event was such a great experience for all involved, coaches and players.”

‘‘The teamwork and skill level of all players involved was fantastic to see. Over the whole weekend the team only lost two matches, but all the players were winners from the moment they stepped onto the football pitch during the opening ceremony.”

‘‘Overall I feel it was a great experience for all players and coaches involved and a fantastic way to celebrate the work being done by the club.’’

 

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“It’s not just about the team playing a match in front of 80,000 people, it’s actually about the community benefit from this visit,” this is how David Monk, a senior development officer at the Foundation commented the event that the Chelsea FC Foundation has held.

Coaches from the Chelsea foundation make a training session with the Special Olympic Australia players. Besides the join training, the Foundation bring The Premier League Trophy and League Cup with them so that everyone could take some photos together with the trophies.

 

The Chief Executive of the Special Olympic Australia thanked to the Foundation and assured that it was an unforgetable moment for all his players.

“We believe in the power of sport to change lives, and it’s very important not only the skills, and the self-esteem that our kids get from the attention from an EPL team, and indeed the champions, but  also for the community to get together and focus on the abilities of people with intellectual disabilities, and of course to have some fun.”

 

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