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June 14, 2014 | Europe Eurasia: Estonia

New Momentum for Unified Sports in Estonia

By Siret Kruk and Mai-Liis Soerd

During the European football week, Special Olympics Estonia had the pleasure to organise a 7-a-side football tournament dedicated especially to Unified Sports. In 2014, especially thanks to Kim Samuel Unified Sports grant, Unified Sports has gained new momentum in Estonia. We have been able to develop our activities by cooperating with four football clubs. We have put extra focus on developing lower level athletes; thanks to the support of partners, our athletes have increased their confidence, self-esteem and motivation. They have quicly integrated into teams and enjoy group activities. The recent event brought 58 athletes – five Estonian teams and one guest team from Latvia to Tartu, our second largest city. Two divisions with three teams each were formed. Everybody made it to the pedestal and received medals and a cup. As everybody were happy, the weather was nice, and we had the pleasant company of our southern neighbours from Latvia, we found the tournament to be great success!

About Siret Kruk and Mai-Liis Soerd: Siret is the Sports Director of Special Olympics Estonia. Mai-Liis joined SO as a volunteer at the 2011 World Summer Games and recently became the Unified Sports Coordinator in Estonia.

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