Each year on December 3rd, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities promotes the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. The day raises awareness of the political, economic, social, and cultural aspects disability affects people around the world. Let’s focus on how Spain promotes inclusive soccer.
Inclusive soccer in Spain
The national commitment to inclusive sport places Spain with countries such as the UK, Australia, and the USA.
Spain is increasingly standing out as a country that is committed to the inclusive sport. But what is it? It’s a physical activity that allows people with and without disabilities to practice together in a team. It adjusts to the possibilities of the players and maintains the objective of the sporting specialty in question.
At the moment, Spain is following in the footsteps of countries such as the USA, the United Kingdom, and Australia. In these countries, inclusive sport is widely recognized for the high level of awareness and respect for differences that it offers.
Playing and participating in soccer at any level can have a long-lasting effect on the health and well-being of a person with a disability both on and off the field.
What is LaLiga GENUINE Santander ?
“LaLiga Genuine demonstrates the firm commitment of professional football to society in terms of diversity and integration”.Olga de la Fuente García-Peytaví – Directora de la FUNDACIÓN LaLiga
In order to develop inclusive soccer, Spain has created LaLiga GENUINE Santander.
The initiative, implemented by the LaLiga Foundation, provides a competitive league for boy and girl players under the age of 16, with an intellectual disability to a degree of 33% or more. It’s the first and only football initiative that aims to normalize the participation in the sport of those with intellectual disabilities. In 2017-2018 was held the first edition.
LaLiga GENUINE Santander has evolved considerably since then. Six more teams joined the competition for the 2021/22 season, bringing the total number of participating teams to 42.
At Spain Rush SPF, we totally encourage these initiatives and support inclusive soccer in Spain.
We offer our groups the opportunity to participate in sessions with the inclusive Valencia CF team. Last time, the girls from Everton Football College shared a great moment, training with the Valencia CF disabled players.
They could see how passionate and involved the players are when they play soccer.
Happy International Day of People with Disabilities!