Location and general information

Location Netherlands
Start date 09/22/2023
End date 05/31/2028
Cost of the project €1,281,810
Foundation funding €150,810
Project identifier 20230682
Partners Stichting het Gehandicapte Kind
Categories Access to Sport - Children with disabilities - Personal development


Sport is crucial to children’s physical and mental well-being, and team sports also help develop social skills through collaboration. Unfortunately, it is often a challenge for disabled children to join their local football club and participate in team sports generally.

Project goals

  • Promote social interaction and friendship through football clubs.
  • Improve disabled children's health and confidence.
  • Foster positive, inclusive perceptions of disabled children, both inside and outside the football community.
  • Increase disabled children’s participation in football during and as a result of the project.
  • Involve a minimum of 18 professional clubs within three years.

Project content

  • Bijzondere Eredivisie (Special Eredivisie) competition: every club hosts a one-day competition involving four visiting teams travelling with their official club bus.
  • Press conference: a press conference is held with journalists that make the children feel like professional
  • Clinics and training sessions: clinics and training sessions are organised with professional footballers from the participating
  • Friendly matches: friendly matches are organised against other clubs in the Bijzondere
  • Grassroots activities: activities are organised for disabled footballers through the grassroots sections of the professional


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