It's all in the game

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It's all in the game
A five-day event called, ‘Game of Life,’ supported by The Consulate General of Israel in Bengaluru, was inaugurated at YMCA, Nrupathunga Road, on Sunday. It is jointly being organised by Mashav-Israel Agency for International Cooperation Development and Rotary Bangalore West, Rotary R T Nagar and Rotary Indiranagar.

‘Game of Life’ is a therapeutic football workshop being conducted by Mifalot Education and Society Enterprises, based in Israel. The five -day programme has been designed to impart psycho-educational messages through football practices.

The aim of the project is to provide professional training to teachers and coaches on how to use sports in general and football in particular, as a means of rehabilitating people with disabilities. Daniel Test and Yael Paz, both expert trainers from Israel’s Mifalot Education, will be training 150 children with special needs and 35 teachers from various organisations across Bengaluru.

Yael Paz, one of the expert trainers, says that the focus will be to use football as a tool for rehabilitating children with special needs.

 “Our methodology involves activities on the field. We use football drill and other sports that require interaction between the players. The idea is to connect exercise to life itself,” she says.

She adds that the training will reinforce the importance of communication and why it is important for people to work together as a team to achieve certain goals that will enhance the overall performance of individuals.

“We impart soft skills that children with special needs could use at school, in their jobs or anytime in the future. The training will boost self confidence and enhance the self image of children and give them the strength to achieve their goals,” adds Yael.

She says that the three main sports that will be employed for the training will be football, catchball and basketball. Prakash Rao, associate director of International Services, Rotary Bangalore West, says, that the main NGOs who are a part of the programme are Sahayak, Asha School and Nava Prabhuthi Trust.

“We have about 150 children with special needs from these three NGOs and children from the Army School for children with special needs. The 35 trainers who will be trained under this programme will then branch out and impart the training they have received to the others,” he says.

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