Over 30 coaches from across the Asia Pacific region learnt a curriculum combining football coaching and strategy development training sessions for local athletes with intellectual disabilities.
They were supported by members of Singapore Spurs, one of over 100 Official Supporters Clubs Tottenham Hotspur has across the world.
The groundbreaking clinic combined intellectual disability sports instruction with high-level techniques aimed at improving athletes’ performance and wellbeing.
It ended with a mini tournament comprising of Special Olympics Singapore athletes and volunteers from Singapore Spurs Supporters’ Club and AIA Singapore.
“The legacy of the programme is better coaches, better athletes and creating opportunities that change lives,” says Dan Slaughter, Tottenham Hotspur Foundation coach.
Daniyal Alvi, Special Olympics Pakistan coach, added: “The whole idea of the programme is that we can give back to our athletes. You know you are making a difference to a part of society that is often neglected.”
Below: Shooting practice in Singapore
For Singapore coach Shasi Kumar, who is new to the Special Olympics movement, said: “Having had zero prior knowledge working with people with intellectual disabilities, I now know it’s not just about putting on a drill for Special Olympics athletes, it’s about how you do it for them to learn the right skills.”
Tottenham Hotspur and Special Olympics have worked in partnership since 2007, driven by a common goal to create social change through the power of sport. The Coach Development Programme represents a huge step forward in improving grassroots football coaching for athletes with intellectual disabilities in the Asia Pacific region.