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Blind football programme kicks off in Romania

Date: July 26, 2013


Romania is the latest country to join the blind football world following a very successful training camp held last weekend in Cluj. The camp was run by the National Paralympic Committee from July 17th-20th thanks to support from IBSA and UEFA, which provided the funding for balls and eyeshades.

Seven people from Romania took part in coaching and refereeing seminars in Budapest, Hungary, in March 2010 as part of the UEFA-funded IBSA Futsal Development Project Europe, and some put the skills they picked up into practise at the camp last weekend.

Here's a report on the camp from the Romanian Paralympic Committee…

The National Paralympic Committee, Romania has introduced a new sport in RomaniaFutsal for the blind. The scope of this project was to form 3-4 teams in Romania and later this year in November to hold the first Futsal National Championships. Finally 16 athletes participated from Bacau, Bucharest, Buzau and Cluj-Napoca. Optimal conditions were offered to the athletes and trainers taking part: board and accommodation was at the Hotel Sport and the training camp was held at the High School for the Visually Impaired in Cluj.

The International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) donated the blindfolds and balls and were the inspiration behind it all; Dolce Sport -Romtelecom donated the teams strips for the final day, while Olympus, partners of the NPC Romania, donated the training t-shirts.

The training programme was hard, consisting of two training sessions per day: one in the morning and one in the afternoon.On the first morning – 18 July – two trainers, Attila Veres and Monica Lukacs, who had three years ago been at an IBSA trainers course in Budapest, explained the rules of the game, how the game should be played and how players should behave on the field. That afternoon physical and orientation exercises were initiated.

The next day was dedicated to team exercises, attack and defence and orientation as a team and also team spirit and fair play. Monica and Attila, the two trainers, were excellent, knowing how to attract the interest of the players and to keep them motivated throughout the training.

On the last day three teams were formed: Bucuresti, Bacau and Buzau/Cluj and all their training was put into practice. The matches were great and very close: two resulted in a penalty shoot-out! The results were as follows:

1 Buzau/Cluj
2 Bucuresti
3 Bacau

Players in action during the camp

This training camp was very successful. The participants not only learnt theory but also practical knowledge. In addition all teams and their coaches were given advice on how to continue training at their respective towns and already the first National Blind Football Championships are planned for the 15-17 November 2013.

For more information on IBSA's development project in Europe or blind football in general contact [email protected].

For more information on blind football in Romania contact [email protected].

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