16th Jul, 2019

FA grant enables young footballers with disabilities to take to the pitch

Laura Kearns 23rd Jun, 2019

FOOTBALLERS with disabilities are taking to the pitch thanks to a grant by the FA.

Charity Entrust, which supports local disabled youngsters, is holding weekly sessions at St Nicholas Leisure Centre in Warwick.

The sessions are open to both boys and girls aged seven to 17 and will be ran by a coach from Sky Blues in the Community.

It was made possible thanks to a £1,500 grant by the Football Association through its Grow the Grant scheme, which helps create new teams in under-represented groups.

Entrust director Lynne Barton said: “It is exciting to be part of something much bigger than our little local group.

“We are delighted to receive this award which will make such a difference to disabled footballers. We will be spending part of the grant on our very own kit and are bursting with pride. This will give us a group identity and sense of belonging which disabled youngsters don’t always have”

The sessions take place on Tuesdays between 6pm and 7pm.

And support sessions are also being held for dads and male carers of disabled youngsters.

The dad to dad group take place every Thursday at 7.30pm in the Fat Pug in Leamington and offers information, speakers on money, behaviour and relationships and the chance to talk to those in a similar situation.

It is ran by two dads who have disabled children.

Email lynnebarton@entrustcarepartnership.org.uk to sign up to the support group or football club or to find out more.

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