A project managed by Libre Vue
In 2012, Libre Vue successfully built a pitch designed specifically for blind football in the grounds of the Institute for Blind Youth in Bamako. Since then, boys and girls of all ages have been enjoying facilities adapted to their disability, under appropriate supervision.
An exceptional personal development tool, blind football is a school of life where everyone has the opportunity to overcome their own limitations and present another image of themselves to their family and friends and their social environment. Team sports give young people the chance to strengthen their self-confidence and their sense of community belonging.
The association Libre Vue now wants to help these young people pursue their dream: to participate in the Paralympic Games !
- Improve the facilities and the running of the blind football centre in Bamako (installation of synthetic turf, upkeep, training, etc.)
- Increase the quality, safety and fun of playing and encourage more children from the Institute for Blind Youth to play
- Promote the social inclusion and professional integration of young people
- Develop an economic model allowing the “Solidarité Aveugle” programme to become financially independent
- Creation of a pitch specifically for blind football in the grounds of the Institute for Blind Youth, with adjacent changing rooms
- Provision of football shirts, shorts and other equipment
- Supervision by qualified specialist instructors
- Educating children in order to change perceptions of disability
- Drilling a well for free access to safe drinking water, renewing a vegetable garden and restoring a henhouse at the school
Watch a video about the “Solidarité Aveugle” project (in French)
- More than 120 visually impaired young people aged 6 to 20 have benefited from the programme
- Five training sessions a week run by four qualified coaches (two women and two men)
- Creation of the Malian national blind football team on the initiative of Libre Vue with the support of local sports authorities
- Project cost in 2019: €54,000
- Project supported in 2019 by the Agence Française de Développement and the European Guild
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