Children with neurological illnesses frequently suffer motor, physical, and cognitive deficits as a result of their disease.
Various studies suggest the health benefits of sports, so we chose football in our circumstance. Together with the Atlético de Madrid Foundation, we have been implementing a program called Therapeutical Football since 2018, in which we have demonstrated how, through certain methodologies, children with neurological disorders can develop essential skills for their development in a playful and funny way.
Sport and the game of soccer, with their rules, allow us to work on issues such as:
The project coordinators are Daniel Barroso, a P.E. teacher with extensive experience and training in physical-sports activities and inclusion of people with disabilities; Alberto Ortega, a national soccer coach belonging to the Atlético de Madrid Foundation who develops, implements, and adapts the specific training methodology to the objectives that we want to achieve with our children; and Rafael Timermans, a doctor who evaluates a series of clinical body patterns related to physical body development.
All of the students from “El Cole de Celia y Pepe” participate in this wonderful initiative.