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BEST TIME HAD BY ALL IN BELFAST

 

Congratulations to Bedford Borough’s Adults’ Services football team, who have been out in Belfast competing in the ‘George Best Community Cup’ following a special invitation from the Northern Ireland Football Association.

 

The team from the Centre of Independent Living, in Gadsby Street, were invited to compete at the Billy Neil Centre of Excellence back in June. Over 200 teams made up of players with a physical or learning disability took part, enabling them to engage in sports and play at a competitive level.

 

Cllr Mohammad Yasin, Portfolio Holder for Adults’ services at Bedford Borough Council said: “This exciting trip was underpinned by the Healthy Bedford strategy to promote adult social care services by improving access, choice and advocacy for users, as well as providing healthier lifestyle opportunities for service users. Congratulations to those who took part, I hope that this match has given the players some fantastic memories for many years to come.”

 

The team were invited by the Football Association (FA) as a result of their success at the county disability football league at the Beds FA in Dunstable, where they play each month.

 

This trip was the first time that some of the team had been outside of England and the first time that some of them had stepped on a plane. The team stayed for three nights at Stranmillis University and were able to experience local culture and meet people from a number of different cultural backgrounds, gaining independence and travel skills.

 

In the photograph above, from left to right: Simon Bell, Ian Morgan, Chris Howell, Wendy Bennett, Clark Young. Front: Tina Van Der Walt (Goal Keeper).

 

This is not the first time that the team’s efforts have been recognised, as they were nominated for an award at the Bedford Sports Awards last year.

 

The team train once a week at the Bedford Athletic stadium.

 

If you would like any further information on Bedford Borough’s Adults’ Services Football Team, contact Ryan Gale on 01234 718326.

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