The Dracs de Guttmann held a joint training session with Barça's roller hockey team. PHOTO: ÀLEX CAPARRÓS / FCB
This Thursday at the Palau, FCB’s roller hockey team and the Dracs de Guttmann held a join training session. The Dracs are a team made up of 10 youngsters, from to 10 to 16 years-old, that have severe physical disabilities and have limited mobility. Most of them suffer from spinal dystrophy, however they play roller hokey with orthotic assistance.
Reinforcing self esteem
The session, which was sponsored by the ‘We are what we achieve’ campaign, lasted 20 minutes and it allowed the Dracs to participate in drills and a short match with the professional FC Barcelona players. For one afternoon, the professional players were able to encourage the youngsters in their pursuit of playing roller hockey.
The Dracs, reigning champions of the WheelchairCatalan League, will soon play in the Spanish Championships at Prat del Llobregat. For Mark García, manager of the team, the session was “a great motivation because it allowed the youngsters a chance to meet their idols.” Gaby Cairo and his men also enjoyed their time: “we had a great experience, I think we had a better time than them!” The Dracs left the court passing under an honour guard made up of Barça roller hockey players as a tribute to their success in the Catalan League.
‘We are what we achieve’ is an awareness raising campaign which is meant to sensitize society on the reality lived by people with physical disabilities on a daily basis, to make schools a place for normalization and to create equal opportunity for everyone through the practice of inclusive physical activity.