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Inclusivity’s name of the (football) game

Football is a sport for all, and that includes special needs individuals, said Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (FABD) vice president Haji Mahrub bin Haji Murni during a one-day community event to spread the passion for football to the special needs community.

Organised by Sports Arena Technology (SAT) in collaboration with the football association, the event was held at FABD premises to bridge players from FC Phosphor and students of La Vida Brunei Darussalam, a non-profit organisation that aims to empower special needs individuals and their families.

To the 11 special needs children in attendance, Haji Mahrub said, “You can be world champions. You can achieve your dreams on platforms such as the Paralympics and the Special Olympics. Keep on training.

“There are individual skill competitions like dribbling, shooting and kicking under special needs football development programmes.There are also events that bring together abled and differently-abled athletes to play a game of football.”

Meanwhile, La Vida chairman Dato Dr Sherlock Syn Lok Chin said, “Not so many years ago, special needs children were seldom the topic of conversation, nor were they a concern in communities. They were kept out of sight due largely to the lack of understanding of their needs and how best to communicate with them.”

He said today, “we celebrate a great day” as more initiatives are being introduced to ensure inclusivity in school and the workplace as well as in sports arenas.

The event saw under-16 football players guide the special needs children with skills such as shooting and passing before concluding the day with a 30-minute friendly match between the two groups. – James Kon

ABOVE & BELOW: Photos show La Vida Brunei Darussalam students and FC Phosphor players during the community event. PHOTO: RAFI ROSLI
PHOTO: RAFI ROSLI
PHOTO: RAFI ROSLI
PHOTO: RAFI ROSLI
PHOTO: RAFI ROSLI
PHOTO: RAFI ROSLI

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