Genuine Team

The Athletic Club Genuine Foundation team is made up of people with intellectual disabilities from associations in Bizkaia, participants in other Foundation projects for the same group.


They train weekly at the Lezama sports facilities with Athletic Club coaches and play in LaLiga Genuine, a La Liga Foundation project. This championship is divided into four final stages, hosted by clubs from the professional football league (La Liga). The Athletic Club Foundation team won the first four editions of the Fair Play trophy, which honours the most sporting team of all those taking part in the competition.

The associations Adizmi, Down Syndrome Foundation, Gaude, Geu Be, Gorabide and Haszten collaborate in making the Genuine squad, made up of footballers with intellectual disabilities.

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  • Promotes physical activity and healthy habits, thereby improving psychomotor skills.
  • Prevents diseases and unhealthy behaviour.
  • 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.
  • Ensures that there are equal conditions for personal development, social integration and productive employment.
  • Ensures the equal right to sport and participatory leisure.
  • Promotes the participation of all groups in society.
  • Provides opportunities for people with functional diversity to take part in sporting activities and competitions.
  • Promotes social development and improves stereotypes about people with functional diversity.
  • It raises the visibility and awareness of functional diversity in society, thereby reducing discrimination.