Footballers sought from Colchester
ONE of the county’s most successful football clubs for people with learning disabilities is looking for new recruits from the Colchester area.
The Healthy 4 Life football project has nine teams which are all run by local community healthcare provider, Anglian Community Enterprise (ACE). The teams are based in Clacton, Colchester and Witham.
Since forming 14 years ago, the teams have enjoyed great success, winning the Essex Soccability Premiership a number of times and also enjoying success further afield in national cup competitions. The project now takes part in the Ability Counts League in Suffolk.
The project is closely linked to Witham Town FC and teams are fresh from an awards evening held at the ground, attended by parents and carers as well as players, when each player received a trophy or medal sponsored by Silverton Aggregates Ltd.
The project provides adults with learning disabilities the opportunity to play competitive football and enjoy the social aspect of the game. ACE Football Coordinator and occupational therapist, Carolyn Rogers, has been involved since the beginning and is proud of what the teams have achieved.
“We’ve been been awarded Charter Standard status by the Football Association, reached the southern final of the national FA Disability Cup and some of our players have featured on a YouTube DVD promoting the game to people with learning disabilities.
“Our Colchester team now needs some reinforcements. The teams are for men and women 18 years and over with learning disabilities. We take part in a monthly league and have weekly training sessions throughout the year. The sessions are free and have qualified coaches at each session. Each training session has two ability levels to meet the needs of players who need a challenge and those who want to play for fun.
“We have the three groups: Colchester Leisure World, Tuesdays 5-6pm; Witham Sports Ground, Wednesdays 5-6pm and Clacton Leisure Centre, Thursdays 5-6pm. We’d love to offer a very warm welcome to anyone who’d like to come and join the fun.”
Anyone interested can contact Carolyn on 07786 660998.