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