In the Nizhny Novgorod region will create a football team of children with down syndrome

© Fotolia / kikujungboyИгра in mini-football. Archival photoIn the Nizhny Novgorod region will create a football team of children with down syndrome© Fotolia / kikujungboy

In the Nizhny Novgorod region will create a football team of children with down syndrome with the aim of socialization of children with disabilities, reported acting of the Governor of the region Gleb Nikitin at the Gaidar forum in Moscow during a panel discussion on the impact of the 2018 world Cup on the socio-economic development of regions, including the development of mass sports, human capital and healthy lifestyle.

«Not only in the world Cup, but at the next Olympic games we can attract the attention of Russian and global public to the subject. The entire infrastructure that we created for training children in General, particularly in sports training Center in Nizhny Novgorod, we will use to form one or several football teams of children with down syndrome. We’ll find out how we can provide support in this direction», — said the acting Governor.

As reported on the official website of the International football Federation, in Russia, the host country of the 2018 world Cup, intensified work on the involvement of children with down syndrome to play football. In particular, a number of educational organizations and charities teach kids football to develop the coaching methods for these classes. FIFA, through its initiative «Football for hope» supports such projects in all regions of the world.

With regard to the total number of children in the Nizhny Novgorod region attracted to the sport, it plans to increase the number of children involved in football, 20%, said Nikitin.

«We have a regional training center youth football teams, where about 40 thousand people, of whom two thousand girls», he said.

He added that in preparation for the 2018 world Cup in the region will participate three thousand volunteers. «We have one of the largest training programs, which includes more than 130 events, 60 facilities had to be built. Total investment amounted to 67 billion rubles,» — said Nikitin.

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