Six Special Olympics Spain athletes served as assistant coaches to Julen Lopetegui, manager of Spanish national football team, at a Special Olympics and Futbol y Futuro Football Clinic in Madrid.
90 young boys and girls, aged between five and 14 years old from across Spain, gathered in Madrid’s Ciudad del Fútbol de Las Rozas for this special masterclass—which was supported by Unicef Spain—on Sunday 22 April. They were treated to advice and skills training from Julen, supported by Special Olympics Spain athletes José Andrés, José Ignacio, Nazan Sánchez, José Gómez, Mario Jiménez and Edwin Mendoza.
Speaking at the event, Julen said, “For me it’s very important that all of the kids have the possibility to be equal because they are equal. They have a disability perhaps but they don’t need to feel that when playing sport. Sport needs to be equal for all of the kids, and we have a fantastic chance to show that today!”