ST AGNES AFC DISABILITY FOOTBALL

Grow The Game grant boost for St Agnes AFC...

“THE BEST day of my life” was how nine year old Teyah in her own words described her taster session at St Agnes AFC Disability youth football.

Dressed in her England kit Teyah, who has Peter’s Anomaly and neuronal migration disorder meaning she is severly sight impaired with very low muscle tone, had a wonderful fulfilling experience taking part in football skills and scoring goal.

The taster session, which was attended and supported by Cornwall FA’s newest FDO Vicky Fisher (Women’s, Girls and Disability), forms part of St Agnes AFC’s plan, following their successful application to the FA for funding, to enhance their present disability provision to offer youth and female football to players with disabilties.

England Blind footballer Brandon Coleman has praised Grow the Game and St Agnes AFC following the award of a £4,500 grant over three years from The FA.

The grant, which will provide a boost to grassroots disability football in St Agnes and central Cornwall, has paved the way for St Agnes AFC Disability to offer football to youth and females by funding equipment, fees and kit plus to support coaches to gain their qualifications to deliver the best possible enhancing experience for the players.

Brandon said: “I am delighted that St Agnes AFC has been awarded a Grow the Game grant. The club has worked extremely hard with Cornwall FA and the Football Foundation to give more local players living with a disability the opportunity to get involved in the game.

“Playing disability football from a young age not only provides a number of physical, mental and social benefits, but gives players the best chance to develop skills and achieve their potential. It is fantastic to see this money flowing down to the grassroots of the game and I wish St Agnes AFC the very best of luck for next season!”

Grow the Game is a programme funded by The FA and delivered by the Football Foundation. It awards grants to grassroots football clubs that wish to create new teams, especially amongst under-represented groups.

This year funding was made available for clubs looking to create new female and disability football teams to help towards the costs of FA coaching courses; FA league affiliation costs; referees’ fees; first aid kits; football kit and equipment.

St Agnes AFC Chair Mandy Kimmins said: “This grant over three years from the Football Foundation will help our club offer Teyah and other young and female players with disabilities an inclusive footballing opportunity which is fabulous.”

Teyah’s mum Charlie herself a ladies football player at St Agnes AFC burst into tears and said: “I never thought i would ever see Teyah playing football. Thank you so much to everyone who has made it happen.”

Anyone interested in adult, youth and female disability football can find contact details for St Agnes AFC Disability via www.stagnesafc.co.uk

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