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Foundation Kicks Off Biggest Disability Football Season Ever

Newcastle United Foundation is kicking off the biggest disability football season in its history, with more sessions, matches, and leagues than ever before!

The Foundation will be running 35 weekly disability sessions in total; 26 children and adult Disability Football clubs, as well as delivering in nine Gateshead SEN schools. The charity will also be partnering with a local mainstream Pin Point league and FA Disability Workforce Fund project to deliver two further local disability leagues.

Since 2009, Newcastle United Foundation has been providing professional coaching to adults and children through Disability football Clubs including Down’s Syndrome, Power Chair, Cerebral Palsy, Frame, Deaf, Blind, Partially Sighted and Amputee.

As a result of the quality coaching, the Foundation is now recognised as an established FA Regional Talent Centre, helping develop the next generation of Blind and Deaf footballers.

Last year more than 2,000 children and adults played football through the Foundation’s various disability projects.

In addition to increasing the number of sessions, this year represents a massive year of competitive progression for our disability clubs. The Amputee team, featuring Ireland international Eanna Dunna and England Development Squad player Chris McKitten, begin their debut EAFA National League, Northern Section campaign this November.

The Foundation’s Premiership and Championship Power Chair teams also kick off their opening NEPF League fixtures this month. Many of our new junior participants, who only began their playing careers with us last year, will make their debut in the Championship division.

Reggie Dornan, Senior Disability Football Officer at Newcastle United Foundation, said: “With the Foundation celebrating its tenth anniversary this year it’s extremely pleasing to see our disability clubs going from strength to strength.

“We now have seven Disability Football teams wearing the famous black and white shirt and representing Newcastle United Foundation in regional, national and international tournaments this coming season. This means more players will get the opportunity to play competitive games which has been an area of increasing demand across our sessions.

“Our sessions are a fantastic way to increase accessibility in football and the fact that we are able to reach so many different players across the whole spectrum of disabilities is testament to the work the Foundation does to provide opportunities in disability football.”

Newcastle United Foundation’s Disability Football is funded by the Premier League/BT Disability Fund, Northumbria Police Charities Fund, The Children’s Foundation, People’s Postcode Trust, and the FA.

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