This project started in April 2018, as combined effort between Soulcial Trust and Krousar Thmey. It aims at providing blind children access to sports, more precisely football. The blind football trainings take place twice a week : on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 3.30pm to 5pm. The trainings are supervised by a coach.
Progress and achievements
After several months of training with their coach, the children are now able to lead the ball and to dribble with it. They also duel two by two and do penalties. Their first challenge was to play a match against the Phnom Penh team. They did very well and were proud!
Thanks to their coach Metrisak, the children of Krousar Thmey have made tremendous progresses!
We have been working on improving the team’s training conditions by providing each member a sports uniform. Besides, as the trainings have to take place within the school for safety matters, the team has been training on a paved courtyard in front of their classroom. As we are not able to bring the children to a proper football field, we brought the field to them and started the creation of a small artificial football pitch. Later, we also built 2 cages once they knew how to lead the ball.
The adapted balls are heavy. For this reason, it was even more important for players to have suitable sneakers to not hurt themselves when they are shoot the balls. We launched a donation campaign that enabled us to buy enough shoes for all the players. Siem Reap professional football team, Angkor Tigers, also provided shoes and came to meet our team.
Our team is really eager to go further and start doing more competitions. The children and coaches are really motivated to go as far as they can, and to keep improving and enjoying the game together.
The next step would be to play their first international match to meet new players and learn more about different ways to play on the field.
The ultimate goal would be to attend the Paralympics Games one day!
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