Children with physical and learning impairments compete in a fun tournament...
On 26th January 2019, Harpenden Colts Football Club hosted 8 teams in a fun football tournament in the Roundwood Park School sports hall. All of the teams are members of the Herts Youth Inclusive Football group, who work with Watford FC and the Hertfordshire FA to provide opportunities for children with disabilities in Hertfordshire with the opportunity to play football.
“I was very impressed with all of the teams; they played really well,” said Tracy Light, Herts Youth Inclusive Secretary. “The indoor tournament was a great experience for the players, especially some of the younger ones who hadn’t experienced matches before.”
Harpenden Colts Inclusive was one of the teams with several young players who were new to competitive matches. The squad is the inclusive section of the popular, 1000 player-strong, Harpenden Colts FC. The inclusive section meets bi-weekly for fun, free training sessions in Rothamsted Park. The sessions are a great way for children aged 6 and over, with any physical or learning impairment, to experience the physical, mental and social benefits of football.
The tournament was organised by Karen Stephanou, Watford FC Disability Football Development Manager, as part of a programme of tournaments and festivals for Herts Youth Inclusive Football.
Karen said: “Roundwood Park Sports Hall was a fantastic venue for our annual indoor tournament. The teams all really enjoyed themselves and we saw some impressive displays of footballing skills, some brilliant goal-keeping and a number of entertaining goal celebrations!”.
The other teams competing in the tournament were inclusive squads from Everett Rovers FC, Hemel Aces FC, Bedwell Rangers FC and St Albans City Youth FC. The players all received medals, and trophies were presented to the winning teams by Steve Maker, Hertfordshire FA’s Football Development Officer (Disability).
The next Herts Youth Inclusive Football event will be a Football Festival on Saturday 16th February at Hemel Hempstead School with registration at 10:45am. Please contact Karen Stephanou firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
About Herts Youth Inclusive Football:
Herts Youth Inclusive Football is a committee run by representatives from football clubs across Hertfordshire. Herts Youth Inclusive Football aims to create opportunities for players of all abilities and inclusive teams to get involved in football and play matches. It helps clubs to develop their inclusive teams and also aims to begin to create a clearer development pathway for players to progress in their football.
Herts Youth Inclusive Football runs regular Match Day Tournaments and quarterly football festivals to encourage more players to join local inclusive teams in Herts. The committee is currently supported by Kids In Sport and Watford FC Community Trust, as well as the Herts FA.
About Harpenden Colts:
Founded in 1976, Harpenden Colts FC is a Charter Status football club with in excess of 1,000 playing members and over 250 coaches. The club provides the opportunity for young people between the ages of 6 and 18 years old, girls, boys, and those with disability from Harpenden and the surrounding district to play football.
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