Dis­abled foot­ball is a suc­cess

Stockport Express - - The Laughing Badger -

THE open­ing fix­tures of a dis­abled foot­ball league have been hailed a great suc­cess.

The Adults Abil­ity Counts East Cheshire League open­ing fix­tures took place at Aquinas Col­lege last month.

Eleven teams en­tered the pan-dis­abil­ity league, in­clud­ing Stock­port County Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion Dis­abil­ity Adults teams.

Adrian Rigby-Bates, Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion dis­abil­ity of­fi­cer, said: “It was a real plea­sure to see all the play­ers en­joy­ing them­selves and hav­ing fun. There was a high level of skill and abil­ity shown in their play and some great at­tack­ing and de­fend­ing in the matches.

“Well done to every­one who was in­volved for all their ef­forts in mak­ing it such a suc­cess.”

There are five teams in the Pre­mier­ship – Stock­port County, Manch­ester City Amps, SPARC United and two teams from Red­dish North End.

The Cham­pi­onship, how­ever, had one more team than the Pre­mier­ship, in­clud­ing Stock­port County Foun­da­tion, Pen­nine United, Bux­ton FC, Staly­bridge Celtic Whites and Blues and new team Traf­ford Choices.

Dave War­dle, Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion man­ager, added: “We are very pleased to be able to pro­vide the op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple with a range of phys­i­cal and learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties to take part in phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity and to have the op­por­tu­nity to play foot­ball in com­pet­i­tive matches ev­ery month at the tour­na­ment.”

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