Inclusion-Highlight in Stemwede
„You’ll never walk alone!“ – There is no proper way to describe the attendance of Liverpool FC at the 40th International Under 19 Tournament in Stemwede. When the British club from the Anfield Road confirmed their participation they made it in a way like probably never in their 125-years club history before: not only are they bringing their U-19 youth professional team, but also their inclusion team for people with handicaps which will attend at the “Int. Lebenshilfe Cup”. Both will take the same flight and share as much time together as possible during the tournament. “We’re happy that our efforts were successful this year and thank Liverpool for joining in!” says Julia Vullriede from Lebenshilfe Lübbecke, a foundation for people with handicaps, who works closely together with the tournament team Tus Stemwede.
How seriously Liverpool actually takes this trip is underlined by the fact that they have already send two delegates to Stemwede upfront to check out the conditions. Are the hotels made for people with handicaps? How is the medical support? A lot of checklists need to be filled and answered. “This is a standard procedure in British professional football. However, the checklists vary for inclusion teams with handicaps.” according to Wolfgang Rosengarten, head of tournament. Martin Talbot, head of Liverpool FC foundation, adds “For us it’s not all about winning the Lebenshilfe-Cup. It’s more about sending out a signal and taking over social responsibility as a football club. Also, our U-19 professional team will gain a lot of experience from being surrounded by our inclusion team during the course of the tournamenent.” For 15 years now the Lebenshilfe-Cup, a cup for people and teams with handicaps, is part of the tournament.
At the 40th International U-19 Football Tournament in Stemwede 10 teams from 5 nations will fight for the title. Besides FC Kopenhagen from Denmark the field is completed by Red Bull Brazil, the two British clubs Liverpool FC and Tottenham Hotspur, the Turkish U19 of Galatasaray Istanbul, the Germans SV Werder Bremen, Hamburger SV, VfB Stuttgart as well as the local clubs SV Rödinghausen and the Mühlenkreis-Team.