Since 2013, the Athletic Club Foundation has been working with various associations and foundations for people with intellectual disabilities, with the aim of helping to normalise the playing of sport by this group.


This collaboration is currently focused on two projects that are closely linked. The Ahalegina Cup is a championship held at the Lezama facilities between teams made up of people with intellectual disabilities from the Geu-Be, Adizmi, Uribe Costa, Gorabide, Atzegi, Antigua Luberri, Apdema associations and the Down’s Syndrome Foundation. Around two hundred players take part in each edition. A selection of these players makes up the Genuine Athletic Club Fundazioa team, which competes in La Liga Genuine, organised by the La Liga Foundation.

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  • Promotes physical activity and habits among older people.
  • Prevents non-communicable diseases, unhealthy behaviour and the risk of sports injuries.
  • Improves interpersonal and family relationships.
  • Increases self-esteem, self-confidence, empowerment and independence.
  • Improves emotional stability, concentration, handling frustration and taking responsibility.
  • Promotes self-improvement, motivation and resilience.