Foundation Amputee Football Team Host First Ever Home Tournament
Newcastle United Foundation’s Amputee Football team had a weekend to remember as they hosted their very first tournament against English Amputee Football League competition.
The round robin tournament saw Everton Amputees and Manchester City Amputees travel to Newcastle United’s First Team Training Tent to take on the Foundation side.
It was an exceptional day of quality amputee football and, although both games ended in defeat to their more experienced opponents, there were plenty of positives to take into their next games as they look to establish themselves in the EAFL Northern League.
The Foundation squad have put in a series of strong performances in their debut season, reaching the final of the EAFL Plate in their last outing.
Reggie Dornan, Senior Disability Football Development Officer said: “It’s been a fantastic day and every one of the Foundation players can be proud of their performances. Our coaches Andy Simpson and Robbie Welch have worked so hard with these players and it’s great to see their efforts pay off in our first home tournament.”
“To see the squad grow in confidence, score our first home goal, and put in such strong performances is inspiring and we’ll be looking to carry that over into next season.”
The EAFA established the competition during the 2012/13 season as a means to give amputee football players access to competitive fixtures and help develop players further.
Newcastle Amputees are funded through the FA DWF Adult Disability Football Project and Irwin Mitchell solicitors who sponsor the EAFL leagues.