5 May 2017

Sacred Sports Foundation (SSF), a member of the streetfootballworld network committed to sustainable youth development in St. Lucia and the Caribbean, has developed a programme to tackle the lack of opportunities for disabled people to get involved in community activities and sport.

 

On the 28th and 29th April, twenty-five coaches, special ed teachers and community youth mentors from across St. Lucia attended a workshop at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground to better understand how sport can offer a wide range of benefits to amputees, people with congenital limb deficiencies or restricted use of limbs.

 

The workshop included a number of amputees from St. Lucia, who took part in sessions ranging from understanding amputee football, to developing and delivering amputee physical activity sessions of their own.

 

Supported by the Australian High Commission’s Direct Aid Program (DAP) and staged in partnership with the England Amputee Football Association (EAFA), the workshop formed part of chAMPS, a programme focusing on adaptive sports, recreation and rehabilitation for persons with disabilities in St. Lucia.

 

“Amputation of a limb affects almost all aspects of an individual's life, therefore rehabilitation after limb loss is a challenge on many levels: physical, emotional, social, spiritual, and financial and may temporarily hinder one’s ability to think clearly and solve problems,” said Nova Alexander, Executive Director of SSF.

 

You can find information and the official press release here: