The Junior Pan Disability programme continued last weekend with PAN disability players from across the county taking part in the event in Maryport.
Ray Sempill from Cumberland FA said: “This was the first event where we had all 4 PAN disability teams in attendance playing competitive fixtures. The spectators helped to create a fantastic atmosphere for the players throughout the day, making it another enjoyable football occasion.”
Whitehaven AFC, Carlisle Reivers, Workington Super Diamonds and Penrith AFC provide weekly sessions for local youngsters to play and socialise in a fun and safe environment. The PAN Disability programme has expanded, from opportunities in Schools to additional provision in the Club environment thanks to the support and commitment of local FA Charter Standard Clubs.
The FA Respect Campaign was followed with a very positive environment created for the players to shine by the parents and carers spectating.
Special thanks to Ross Mattinson who was a fantastic referee throughout the event, encouraging and supporting the players throughout.
Thanks also to local photographer Martin Perry who came along to capture the memories and provided some cracking action shots!
The next event takes place in Penrith in April with The FA FIVES Festival in May
For any FA Charter Standard Clubs across Cumberland interested in getting involved in PAN Disability Football, now is the perfect time as the provision continues to grow with a full player pathway from youth to adult. The FA’s Grow the Game scheme is currently open until 31 May 2020 which can provide up to £1500 for new disability teams.
See more about Grow the Game funding
If you have any queries regarding Disability Football please contact Football Development Officer Ray Sempill