Special Power League
A Croatian Football League for children with disabilities is a Project launched by the Health Life Academy aided by Mateo Kovačić Foundation. Along with the host of the first tournament GNK Dinamo - Croatian Football Federation, SILab – habilitation center, Croatian Paralympic Committee, Centers for upbringing and educating from Croatia, and also four football club's FC Osijek, FC Istra 1961, FC Slaven Belupo and FC Rijeka also became a part of the Project.
Participants of the first tournament, which held on September 13, 2018 on Maksimir stadium were the teams: Dinamo, Koprivnica, Istra 1961, Osijek and a guest team from Bosnia and Herzegovina – School of Football Respekt.
Children with difficulties in development don't have adequate opportunities and possibilities of practising sport. Our main goal is to motivate children with developmental disabilities and help them to integrate well into society by actively practising sport.
The Project training classes and tournaments, children can enjoy football and spend quality time with each other and trainer. Many of them attended a real training session, lead by a football trainer and accompanied by a professional physiotherapist for the first time.
The first tournament was very pleasant, entertaining and athletic. A lot of new friendships with a special bond were forged which is also one of the Project main aims.