Valiants continue to grow
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