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FC Shakhtar forms a football team for Ukrainian soldiers with amputations

The Ukrainian football club offers a rehabilitation program that involves sports for the wounded and will be creating a football team for Ukrainian defenders who have lost limbs due to combat injuries.

Photo: Official website of FC Shakhtar

“Ukrainian soldiers, who sacrificed their health defending the country from the enemy, need the support of society more than anyone today. According to various estimates, about 50,000 servicemen in Ukraine currently have amputations due to injuries,” commented Serhii Palkin, FC Shakhtar CEO.

The main goal of this initiative is to create all the necessary conditions for Ukrainian veterans to return to a normal and active life. In the organization of the new team, FC Shakhtar will rely on the international practice of adaptive football.

In the first stage of the initiative, the team will include 20 players and a coach, who will conduct regular training sessions in Kyiv and Shchaslyve, the village in the Kyiv region. According to the statement, recruitment of football players and training of coaches will begin soon, and in the future, the team will participate in competitions, including European ones.