GRANT JOY: Children in Need cash for youngsters
INVICTA Valiants Disability Football Club based at Ashford School have had a tremendous boost from BBC Children in Need who have awarded the club a three-year grant of just over £23,000. This will pay for match travel, training equipment, match venue fees, club insurance and affiliation fees, literature and club website costs. A major part of the grant will go towards transport to ensure all the young players with special needs and disabilities travel by coach to enable all them to play in the Kent FA league and tournaments and friendly matches. Over the previous five years the club have obtained many grants and funds through varied organisations and businesses, but the Children in Need grant is by far the largest grant secured by the club, and will ensure that the majority of the club’s activities can be funded for the next three seasons. Last Sunday the club’s players journeyed by coach to the first round of the Kent FA Pan Disability League at Kicks in Strood, on a wet and windy day. All three teams did extremely well in the harsh weather, but the next scheduled tournament on October 19 will be played indoors where the teams will be turning out at the David Beckham Academy at Greenwich. The players and carers will be travelling by coach supplied by local transport company Buzzlines.
The Valiants, pictured above, welcome all youngsters between six and 16 with a registered special need or disability. They train every Sunday morning at 10am at Ashford School’s all-weather surface and have six qualified and CRB cleared coaches. They welcome any new youngsters who would like to play football and get coaching. Contact David Ramzan on 07860 713619 or Brian Cumming on 01233 635491.