City Youth's Ben Kelly, Sean Ellingham and Matt Dodds represented Great Britain at the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles, helping the Great Britain Team win Gold in the 11 A Side Football Tournament and become World Champions.
The links below will take you to their Athletes profiles on the Special Olympics GB website.
To learn more about Special Olympics GB go to specialolympicsgb.org.uk
To find out about the World Games go to www.la2015.org
Picture L - R Sean Ellingham, Matt Dobbs and Ben Kelly
Ben Kelly, Sean Ellingham and Matt Dodds are being prepared to receive GB International Football Caps from Special Olympics at the World Games in Los Angeles this Summer. Below is a the latest report from Ben Kelly (who is also the City Youth Disability Club Manager) on his experience to date.
"The Management Team GB from Special Olympics invite us to meet up every 6 weeks or so for a weekend of education to help us all to prepare for our International Caps this summer is USA. The group from St Albans City Youth consist of Ben Kelly (me), Sean Ellingham and Matt Dodds (Doddsy).
Typically we meet up in places like Runcorn or Scotland which does involve a lot of travelling for the St Albans lads but we enjoy the experience as well as travelling together.
During our training weekends we talk a lot about our own responsibilities, the importance of team work and helping one another to bond as a team. We learn not to be frightened to make a mistake and discuss own strengths weaknesses. By working together as a group we have become stronger.
Having so much time together we can look at the team tactics so that we play to our strengths, play the best formation that suits are group and prepare by eating the right food. I will be bringing some of these good ideas back to the club in season 2015/16.
Representing St Albans City Youth and now Special Olympics means a lot to all of us. To play for my country is an unbelievable experience that we didn't expect but intend to make the most of. We realise this will be a lifetime experience. The coaching staff at Special Olympics GB are amazing and I have gained some new friendships from this opportunity.
I thank all of the people from Special Olympics St Albans and St Albans City Youth for supporting me, Sean and Matt along the way."
This work forms part of 'St Albans City Youth in Community' working with partner groups such as Special Olympics St Albans.