Since 2011 Kim Källström Trophy has been a part of Gothia Cup. The tournament is included as a Special Olympics class in Gothia Cup and the participants are youths with an intellectual disability.
– Kim Källström Trophy is a natural part of Gothia Cup, and an important component of the tournament. Just like the other classes Kim Källström Trophy contributes to the fellowship of Gothia Cup, says Maja Eklund, Tournament Coordinator.
This year a new class will participate in Kim Källström trophy. Unified Sports is a concept where people with and without intellectual disabilities unites by the practicing of sports. The teams are formed by players of the approximately same ages and abilities.
The idea is to generate social inclusion through football or any other sport. Unified Sports breaks the prejudices from stereotypes by having fun together. And the inspiration for the concept comes from a simple basic idea: to exercise and play together is a fast way to friendship and knowledge.
– To associate by being a team and battling together is a special feeling, all the participants gets a natural and important role in the context. That strengthens their self esteem, says Maja Eklund.
How does it feel to finally have a Unified class in Kim Källström Trophy?
– Special Olympics have for a long time been positive to introducing a Unified class in Kim Källström Trophy. And considering the international spread of the concept, it feels like a natural step to implement the class in Gothia Cup, the worlds largest international youth football tournament.
– It’s exciting and fun that Kim Källström Trophy is the first organizer in Sweden to arrange an international Unified football tournament.
One Swedish and four international teams will participate in the Unified class. Kim Källström Trophy is played Monday-Thursday, with the finals played at the Heden fields on July 19th.
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