The Foundation host SEN secondary school tournament

THE Albion Foundation has organised and hosted a secondary schools football tournament for children with special educational needs or disabilities.

The SEN tournament, which was held at WBA Academy Dome, had 14 teams take part, from nine different schools. The teams were divided into two ability levels to ensure that it was a fun and competitive event.

"Today we have a secondary schools tournament for pupils that have SEN or disabilities," said Conor Brogan, a Disability Coach at The Albion Foundation.

"What we want is as many schools and children participating and being competitive. We want it to be friendly also and create a new social side for the children that have never seen each other before."

The aim of the tournament was to give an opportunity for the children to play competitively at WBA Academy Dome, with the hope that the experience will raise their confidence and social skills.

"I think the work The Albion Foundation do is absolutely fantastic," said Hindi Taylor, who works for Bristnall Hall Academy.

"It's extremely important. Holistically, it's really good for their social skills as well as their motor skills and developmental skills as well.

"I think the way that they not only come into schools and do a lot of these sort of projects, but also run them outside of schools, it is brilliant to enthuse the kids into sporting activities."

The tournament received praise from all corners, with the participants, teachers and Foundation staff all giving the day a glowing review.

"My team won the tournament," said Takunda Madanhi, who goes to Moseley Park School.

"It was very exciting, none of us thought that we had won. When they told us Moseley Park, we all stood up with smiles on our faces.

"It is going to stay in my memory, the day I won best save and the tournament with my friends.

"If it wasn't for the coaches at The Albion Foundation then I would not be here holding this trophy today.

"It has been a very lovely day with my friends."

To get involved with The Albion Foundation's disability programme, contact

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