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UEFA backs blind futsal training

Seventy-five coaches and referees are set to gather this weekend near Moscow, Russia, for blind futsal seminars held as part of the UEFA-funded IBSA Futsal Development Project Europe.

Coaches and referees will receive instruction about blind futsal
Coaches and referees will receive instruction about blind futsal ©Cecifoot

Training centre
The seminars will take place at the Ozero Krugloe (Round Lake) Training Centre near the Russian capital. They are organised by the International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) in partnership with the All Russia Association of the Blind (VOS) and All Russia Blind Sports Federation (BSF). Theoretical sessions on coaching blind players and refereeing matches will take place on Friday, followed by hands-on practical sessions on Saturday.
A number of experienced blind futsal players from Russia will be on hand to show off their skills, in addition to a group of beginners who will help the international trainers conducting the courses to teach the coaches from the participating countries.

Coaching and refereeing
Participants will be given a solid grounding in the coaching and refereeing skills required for blind futsal by an international IBSA team with ample experience in the game. After the two days' teaching, it is hoped that participants will be able to return to their clubs and organisations ready to offer the chance to play football to blind and partially sighted players in their countries.

Charity cheque
The IBSA (International Blind Sport Federation) Futsal Development Project Europe was awarded UEFA's CHF1m (€637,000) charity cheque in 2006 for a three-year blind futsal development programme. Looking to the future, the final seminars of the year are scheduled to take place in Turkey in December, and Croatia is expected to host countries from the Balkan region in the first quarter of 2009.

For more information on the IBSA Futsal Development Project Europe contact ibsa@ibsa.es.