Valiants con­tinue to grow

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Ash­ford’s only pan-dis­abil­ity football club, In­victa Valiants, have reg­is­tered as a Spe­cial Olympics uni­fied football club. When the club formed in 2004, they had just six play­ers but al­most 10 years on, it has 40 reg­is­tered play­ers of all ages. At the end of June, In­victa Valiants went to com­pete in the Lon­don Re­gional Uni­fied Football tour­na­ment in En­field, play­ing against four Lon­don-based teams, where the club fin­ished as run­ners up in a league com­pe­ti­tion, win­ning all matches apart from one, where they were beaten 2-1 by the even­tual win­ners. The club also hosted sev­eral tour­na­ments at Pitch­side in Stan­hope ear­lier in the month. Uni­fied Football fol­lows the rules of reg­u­lar football, ex­cept half the team is made up of play­ers with learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties and the other half is made up of main­stream play­ers. The Valiants, who have four teams, hope to com­pete in fur­ther Uni­fied Spe­cial Olympics football com­pe­ti­tions, de­pen­dent on avail­able fund­ing.

THRIV­ING: The In­victa Valiants, Ash­ford’s only pan-dis­abil­ity football team, who have now reg­is­tered as a Spe­cial Olympics uni­fied football club

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