GRANT JOY: Chil­dren in Need cash for youngsters

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Football -

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.

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