Youngsters with ambulant disabilities are benefitting from the ‘amazing opportunity’ of playing in The Albion Foundation’s Sandwell Inclusion League’s Junior Division.
The League has two age groups of Under 12 and Under 16, with 16 teams coming together from across the midlands once a month to compete at Sandwell Academy.
Juniors will have the chance to play competitive football and socialise with like-minded individuals with varying pan-disabilities.
For the participants, the ability to play against others with similar disabilities to themselves is important, according to Newtown Sports Cerebral Palsy Team Coach, Scott Tranmer.
“It’s an amazing opportunity. The team love it, they really get a kick out of it, playing other players with disabilities, however different they are, they just think it’s fantastic,” Scott said.
For player, Billy Clatworthy, the enjoyment of playing with others is the best thing about the League.
“You’ve got a good, competitive aspect to it, you make new friends, it’s good for fun and a laugh and a good kickabout and every time you come off the field the coaches make sure you’ve had a good time,” said Billy.
The League provides everyone the opportunity to play football, says Head of Disability at the Foundation, Paul Glover.
“The Sandwell Inclusion League is all about giving football for all. We’re a strong believer that it’s everyone’s game and this is a great opportunity for footballers of all abilities to come together and have fun,” Paul said.
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