Soccer is one of the most popular sports in France. It comes as no surprise, therefore, that wheelchair soccer is growing in popularity and attracts new players every year. People in wheelchairs feel that they can relate to star players and take great joy in playing this sport. It allows them to overcome the limits of their physical condition, gain self-confidence, and make new friends. Since 2000, Ligue d’Alsace de Football has dedicated one and a half days per year to sports for athletes with disabilities as part of their "Soccer for Everyone" week.
Building on the success of its "Soccer for Everyone" week, the association decided to expand its efforts in this area by holding awareness-raising workshops for people with reduced mobility in specialized institutes.
Since 2015, a technical advisor has held workshops in several Alsatian institutes and organizes outreach events. The goal for the years to come is to increase the number of workshops led by trainers specializing in sports for athletes with disabilities, and perhaps to assemble one or more teams. This project was set up in partnership with Comité Régional Handisport Alsace and Ligue d’Alsace du Sport Adapté.