Sport: A Luxembourg team triumphed in this year’s UEFA-sponsored international football tournament for developmentally disabled athletes, held in Hollerich.
Photo: Luc Deflorenne
Special Olympics Luxembourg and Racing Football Club Union Luxembourg organised the event on Thursday, which featured four teams from the Grand Duchy, one from France and two from Germany.
The annual tournament was one of several held across the continent under the patronage of UEFA, European football’s governing board, explained Marc Feltgen, director of Special Olympics Luxembourg.
The tournament featured “unified games,” meaning that each team was composed of six athletes with intellectual disabilities and four players from professional football clubs’ youth teams. In the case of the four Luxembourg teams, the young players were from Racing FC, which participated for the first time. “We signed a partnership at the beginning of the year,” Feltgen said. “We are doing all our activities on their fields and together with Racing FC’s football academy."
To prepare for this year’s matches, SOL players trained with Racing FC's first squad, with the women’s national team, and had a UEFA "grassroots" seminar.
At the end of play on Thursday, the champions were a team from LigueHMC, a work and housing centre for the developmentally disabled in Capellen.
In addition to the football tourney, Special Olympics Luxembourg runs year-round programmes for many Olympic sports across the Grand Duchy.