Fans For Diversity supports National Football Therapy Cup as Croydon Eagles take victory
The Fans For Diversity campaign supported the National Football Therapy Cup on Wednesday 3 May at Lewes FC, as the event raised awareness of disability football and mental wellbeing.
Over 100 young adults from clubs across England and Wales contested the fourth Lewes FC National Football Therapy Cup at The Dripping Pan, with the Croydon Eagles avenging their narrow defeat by Everton in the final last season to win the coveted trophy for the second time in three years.
The tournament, which has been running for four years, was supported by the Fans For Diversity campaign, a joint initiative between Kick It Out and the Football Supporters’ Federation, for the second year in a row where they joined lead partners Together and a host of other supporting organisations including Sussex County FA, the Recovery Kitchen and Supreme Engraving.
With participating teams from the Premier League, the English Football League and across England and Wales, the tournament has become is now a traditional end of season fixture for many clubs disability and mental wellbeing groups from across the country.
Following the conclusion of the tournament, Adam Wolecki, Community Development Manager at Lewes FC, said:
“It’s been another fantastic tournament, played in the right spirit and with a real sense of achievement on the team’s faces, regardless of how well they did.
“To get so much support for this event, not just from the mental wellbeing charities and supporters groups, but from so many disability football clubs and groups from around the country, make us all here at Lewes FC very proud of what we have achieved.
“I hope that we can continue to provide a fantastic day out for all those who support their teams and of course those who take part.”
Kevin Miller, CEO of Lewes FC added:
“On behalf of Adam, myself and all the amazing volunteers at Lewes Football Club, I’d like to thank the team at Together for their continued collaboration, Kick It Out and the Football Supporters’ Federation for their brilliant initiatives and backing, everyone at the Sussex FA, the volunteers at the Recovery Kitchen who provided free food and drinks for every participant, and Martin Worrow at Supreme Engraving, who provided a medal for everyone.
“Thanks also for all the teams that made the journey to East Sussex and we look forward to welcoming you all again next season!”