Ollie and Max, participants of Tranmere Rovers in the Community’s (TRIC) weekly Adult Disability Football session, recently embarked on a trip to Berlin as volunteers for the Special Olympics with their school, Claremount Specialist Sports College.
Ollie has been actively participating in the disability sessions for the past eight years, initially starting with the junior sessions and then progressing to the adult program.
He is a dedicated fan of Tranmere Rovers and attends their matches both at home and away, always accompanied by his father.
Max, who is Ollie’s schoolmate and friend, joined him in the sessions in 2019 and has been a regular attendee ever since.
In Berlin, the duo showcased inclusive activities and actively participated in numerous events throughout the German capital during the Special Olympics. This renowned global sports event brings together thousands of athletes with intellectual disabilities, promoting inclusivity on a large scale.
Upon their return to TRIC’s sessions, Max and Ollie eagerly shared their experiences from their time in Berlin, “We helped out with the Special Olympics over two days with the three versus three basketball,” Max told us. “We had a really good time. I really enjoyed it, it was good for me and for the school as well and it was a good opportunity.
“I’ve been coming to the sessions since 2019 and I really enjoy them.”
“It was really good, I was really surprised how much I enjoyed it, like meeting all the different countries, getting out there and going to different places,” Ollie added. “I had a good time not only with the Olympics but meeting mates, we did a lot of sightseeing as well like Berlin town, I really had a good time.
“I’ve been coming for about seven or eight years and I’ve really enjoyed it. I’m slowly getting better, Faye [of Premier League Primary Stars] has really helped me a lot, and I’d love to come for a few more years hopefully as I really enjoy it.”
Faye commented, “I’m extremely proud of Ollie and Max for promoting inclusivity at the Special Olympics. They are two people who have massively benefited from our sessions here and grown during their time with us, so it’s great to see them going out and volunteering in Berlin.”
If you’d like to find out more about TRIC’s junior or adult disability football sessions, you can contact Faye by email at FayeJ@tranmererovers.co.uk.