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North East Schools Join Foundation For Disability Football Tournament

More than 150 players travelled from across the region to Walker Activity Dome this week to take part in the Bi-Annual Wanderers Disability Football Tournament.

The competition brought together teams from 15 different SEN schools from across the North East, with both boys and girls’ teams competing in an under-14 and under-16 round robin tournament.

Trophies were presented to the winners of each age group, with Furrowfield School taking home the gold in the Under 14 tournament, and Moorbridge School coming out on top in the Under 16’s.

The Dan Lloyd Memorial Shield, presented to the most sporting and friendly team on the day, was awarded to Park View School.

The PL/BT Disability Fund is a national programme that began at the start of the 2016/17 season, and funds a large part of the Foundation’s disability football sessions.

Delivered by 25 clubs, including Newcastle United Foundation, the programme creates opportunities for disabled people through sport, helping to remove the barriers that mean that at present disabled people are half as likely to participate in sport as non-disabled people.

Steve Langley, teacher at Park View SEN School, said, “I want to say a huge thank you to the support and efforts of the Foundation in putting on this event. The learners who attend Park View have numerous complex learning difficulties and this kind of event has a massive impact on their behaviours.

“They have displayed a massive improvement in attitude and behaviour and events like this give them a much-needed boost in their self- esteem and ability to function in the outside world. The positive impact on their wellbeing from Tuesday’s event made it a great success.”

Reggie Dornan, Senior Disability Football Development Officer at Newcastle United Foundation, added: “The funding we receive via the Premier League / BT Disability Fund enables us to give local children attending local SEN schools the opportunity to compete with each other in a structured and organised environment.

“The tournament continues to get bigger and more popular every time. It was a day of great performances and spectacular games and we can’t wait for the next one!”

You can find out more about our disability football programmes here.

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