Tanzania Amputee Football Project launched
The Football Association of Ireland are working in partnership with the European Amputee Football Federation to develop amputee football in Tanzania and support the ICRC MoveAbility program for the Tanzania Paralympics Committee.
FAI President Tony Fitzgerald, CEO John Delaney, EAFF Secretary General Simon Baker and Thierry Regenass, Executive Director of the ICRC MoveAbility Foundation were in attendance at the launch.
The FAI have provided support to the project in a number of different areas and will have two full-time staff members travel out to Tanzania, where they will work with 84 amputees registered with the Paralympics Committee on coaching, education, administration, governance and supplying kit & equipment.
Speaking at the launch, FAI CEO John Delaney said he was delighted that the Association were able to support the Project.
"The FAI's Football For All Programme is expanding every year, and this year we have seen the formation of the Irish Amputee Football Association National League," said Delaney.
"While the game grows from strength to strength at home, we are delighted to help the EAFF grow the game in Africa, and we look forward to seeing the work done in Tanzania."
Project Leader Simon Baker said the help of the FAI has proven invaluable.
"John Delaney and the FAI bought into the project. Their Logistics Partner DHL have helped us get all of the equipment to Tanzania. The Association are documenting the trip to show how Projects like this can work in the future. It's been excellent".