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Foundation Disability Team Takes Part In FA People’s Cup

Newcastle United Foundation began its involvement with the FA People’s Cup last week, with the Foundation DS Active team taking part in the Disability category.

Five teams took part in the regional tournament with Whitley Bay FC, Newcastle College, Hexham Gateway, Gateshead Special Olympics and the Foundation all in action on the day.

All competing sides were made up of players with a broad range of disabilities to ensure that the day was as accessible as possible to all teams.

As in previous years, the winners were voted for by the group based on effort, fair play and enjoyment of the competition rather than the results.

After a great day of football it was Whitley Bay FC who took the win after a secret vote by teams and referees.

All teams involved with the tournament work with the Foundation on a weekly basis as part of our Adult Disability Football projects.

The Foundation’s disability football programmes now work with more than 1300 disabled players to ensure football truly is for everyone. Our DS Active sessions provide opportunities for players with Down’s syndrome to enjoy and grow their confidence in the game.

The FA People’s Cup is a small-sided competition, run in partnership with BBC Get Inspired.

First formed in 2015, the tournament is completely free to enter and welcomes male, female and disability players across 18 categories.

Mark Daglish, Disability Football Development Officer at Newcastle United Foundation and organiser of the tournament, said:

‘Everyone involved with the tournament should be very proud of the incredible football on show. All the teams took the spirit of the competition to heart and it was great to see fair play and enjoyment in every single game that was played.’

‘The FA People’s Cup is a fantastic way to increase accessibility in football and the level of play today is a testament to the work the Foundation does to provide opportunities in disability football.’

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