Coming to the sports centre is a big part of my social life, to get to know other people. It is very encouraging for me.” -wheelchair basketball player
Our Adaptive Sports project serves as an inclusive platform in which people across all ages and all abilities can socialise and create a network of support. In 2017, the Adaptive Sports project began with the formation of the Siem Reap wheelchair basketball team. In 2018, Soulcial Trust began the development of blind football, a children and youth wheelchair basketball team, wheelchair tennis, and wheelchair rugby. Participants in the sporting activities develop confidence, a sense of self-worth, leadership abilities, and self-discipline—all skills that are important for social integration and increasing employment opportunities.
- Address people with disabilities’ social isolation by creating a stimulating environment where people of all abilities can interact and benefit from the positive impact of sports.
- Increase the positive visibility of people with disabilities in communities and media.
ADULT WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL
In 2017, Soulcial Trust and ICRC partnered to create the first wheelchair basketball team in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Approximately 15 people of various abilities join weekly trainings to hone their skills in wheelchair basketball; learn the value of teamwork; and become more involved and integrated into society. Players from the ICRC-sponsored women’s wheelchair basketball team in Battambang, Cambodia attend the trainings as coaches every other week to develop the players’ skills and training regimen.
Are you in Siem Reap and want to visit and/or participate in a training session? All are welcome! We currently have trainings every Friday from 9am-5pm, and every other Saturday from 9am-12pm. Please contact us before your visit to ensure the schedule is current.
Trainings are held at ICF Campus Arena.
CHILDREN/YOUTH BLIND FOOTBALL
Soulcial Trust partnered with Krousar Thmey in March 2018 to establish blind football for over 20 children ages 8-15 years old. The students practice twice a week at Krousar Thmey with a trainer provided by Soulcial Trust.
Visits to the blind football trainings are not available through Soulcial Trust. Please contact Krousar Thmey.