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AITC LAUNCH AMPUTEE FOOTBALL SESSIONS

21 April 2016

AITC will run weekly classes at Lancing.


Albion in the Community (AITC) has launched new amputee football sessions and is looking for more players to take part.

AITC is the largest provider of disability sporting opportunities in Sussex, helping hundreds of people with disabilities to play regular sport.

It runs more than 30 disability-specific teams and recently held a taster session at Albion’s American Express Elite Football Performance Centre in Lancing for people looking to play amputee football.

Organisers were delighted with the turn-out – with 15 players taking part and another three registering an interest, but were unable to attend the first session. AITC also welcomed half a dozen players from Portsmouth Amputee Football Club, who made the trip along the south coast to join in and offer some advice.

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There was a real mix of ages – the youngest being 15 and oldest in their 50s – and the plan now is to hold regular sessions on the community pitch at Lancing.

The first of these sessions took place on Monday and they will now be held each Monday between 8pm and 9.30pm.

Paul Brackley, disability manager at AITC, said, “We have been really excited by the amazing response to the session and the interest in it.

“For so many players to attend our launch session is a real achievement. It means we can start looking to the future already and we are hoping to play in the national cup in June and in the league next season.

“It was brilliant to see so many players enjoying the chance to play football, many of whom thought they never would again. We are all genuinely excited for the future of this programme.”

For more information on AITC’s amputee session call 01273 878277 or email: disabilitysportparti@albioninthecommunity.org.uk.

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