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Disability Football Festival a huge success!

Following the great success of last year’s event, Cambridge United Community Trust were delighted to partner again with Histon Hornets Football Club to hold our annual Disability Sport Festival. If you were at Impington Village College on Sunday 8th July, you’d have seen over 30 people from our weekly disability football sessions taking part in games and matches. Phil Mullen, Disability Sport Officer for Cambridge United Community Trust, was there to organise the whole day and make sure everything ran smoothly, assisted by volunteers Beth and Eleanor.

The Festival included separate activities for adults and juniors. The adult players took part in matches, showing impressive skill and with lots of great goals being scored. Meanwhile, the junior players did a mixture of fun skills-based games (including crowd favourite ‘Chicken or Hero’) and short matches, putting into practice what they had learned. On one of the hard courts, there was also a dedicated frame football match for 2 of our junior players.

However, the Festival wasn’t just about playing football – having fun and making friends were just as important. Players from across our 9 sessions took part, meaning that people from different sessions could mix and get to know each other, leading to some new friendships being formed. With such a friendly and inclusive atmosphere, it wasn’t long before siblings, parents and carers were also getting involved in the fun! Temperatures reached a balmy 30C, so there were plenty of opportunities in between activities to relax in the sun and enjoy the food and ice-cream on offer.

Overall, players really enjoyed the festival and there were smiling faces all round. The event finished with an awards and presentation ceremony, with all players receiving a medal for their participation.

Phil Mullen, Disability Sport Officer for Cambridge United Community Trust, is passionate about providing more opportunities for disabled people to play sport. He was absolutely delighted with how the event went:

‘It was fantastic to see such a good level of football skills on display, new friendships being formed, and lots of happy faces from the players, parents and carers. I look forward to building numbers across all our sessions and making next year’s festival even bigger!’

Ben Szreter, CEO of Cambridge United Community Trust, highlighted the key role played by the Disability Sport Festival in the Trust’s wider disability sport programme:

‘The disability sport festival is a really important part of Cambridge United Community Trust’s disability sport programme. The event encourages a celebration of disability sport and is embedded within Histon Hornets annual youth football tournament. Once more this year there was a great atmosphere on the day celebrating inclusive sport. I’d like to thank Histon Hornets, all the participants and volunteers as well as Phil Mullen for his organisation of this inspiring event.’

Cambridge United Community Trust run 9 weekly disability football sessions: Ambulant Cerebral Palsy football, Down’s syndrome football, Blind football, Visually-impaired football, Deaf and hearing-impaired football, Frame football, Powerchair football, Amputee football and Manual wheelchair football. For more information on any of our sessions, please see: http://www.cuctrust.co.uk/disability-sport/.

If you, or someone you know, would be interested in taking part in one of our sessions, get in touch with Phil at: phil.mullen@cambridge-united.co.uk or call 07948 407950. We’d love to see you there!

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