AITC held a number of disability matches on the pitch.
Players from Albion in the Community’s (AITC) disability football sessions were given the chance to play on the Amex pitch on Friday.
AITC is the largest provider of disability sport opportunities in the area and runs more than 30 regular sessions across Sussex.
To celebrate the end of the football season, the charity invited players from those sessions to play on the pitch and more than 50 players took part in a series of games.
AITC also works with a number of schools in Sussex for young people with additional needs and nine of those schools sent teams to play in a friendly tournament this morning.
And to round the day off, AITC’s recently-formed amputee team played their first-ever match, with Arsenal providing the opposition. AITC’s cerebral palsy team then played both the Brighton and Arsenal amputee teams.
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Altogether, more than 150 people were able to play on the pitch and according to AITC’s Hayley Templeman, who helped organise the event, the day was a huge success.
She said, “It was a fantastic opportunity for our players to play on the same pitch as the first team and they thoroughly enjoyed the occasion.
“One player even scored his first-ever goal. To do so on the Amex pitch made it all the more memorable and I am sure it is something they will never forget.”
For more information on AITC’s disability football sessions or to find out where your nearest one is, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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