Surrey County FA and Kingston Police host Disability Football Awareness Day
Promoting and celebrating disability sport within Surrey and south-west London, Surrey County FA and Kingston Police hosted a Kick It Out Disability Football Awareness Day.
Following on from a previous initiative in October 2009 involving 50 non-disabled youngsters, the event provided 74 children aged 8-16, with physical and sensory disabilities, the opportunity to experience football.
Coming from nine different schools, kids enjoyed a day made up of football coaching and small-sided games, all organised by FA specialised disability coaches and FA qualified police officers.
Peter Baggs, a police sergeant from Coombe Vale Safer Neighbourhood Team, who worked closely with Oliver Selfe, Senior Football Development Officer from Surrey County FA, to arrange the event, said:
“The event last year was very successful. This year I wanted to reflect the Metropolitan Police Service focus on engagement within all sections of the community, particularly catering for young people with physical and sensory disabilities.”
Peter continued: “This was a great community event which was clearly enjoyed by all those who took part. We are committed to continue working with Surrey County FA to signpost those young people who would like to play football on a regular basis into local clubs and skills programmes.”
Participants were excited to meet the guest of honour, Richard Fox, an international for the England Cerebral Palsy football team, who brought along one of the 50 caps he has won for his country. Richard signed autographs and inspired the players with a talk about his international career.
Together with Chief Inspector John Pendleton of Kingston police, Richard presented certificates to the participants.
The event was also supported by many community partners including Goals Soccer Centre, Chelsea FC Foundation, Fulham FC Foundation and the ASDA store in London Road, Kingston.