The Leeds United Ability Counts teams emerged victorious from the West Riding County FA Ability Counts League winning both the Championship and League One titles.
Each of the players in the teams has a disability or additional need covering the spectrum of disability from Mild Learning Difficulty through to some physical disability, but all have the same goal, to participate and achieve through football.
It is no wonder that the players and coaches alike were thrilled with the teams’ hard-fought battle to the top of the tough leagues since it was their first full competitive season – an outstanding achievement.
Mick Ferguson, Trustee of the Leeds United Foundation, said: “We, at The Leeds United Foundation, would like to congratulate all the players involved in the programme this season and we are privileged to run such a well-attended and valued programme. We are already looking forward to the coming season and hope we can replicate this success again.”
The successful Leeds United Foundation teams are the result of a 30-week training programme run by The Foundation. The programme focuses on getting the players to train together as well as working on different elements of the game.
The next step is then putting these aspects into practice in a series of fixtures across the season against teams from cities such as Bradford, Harrogate and Pontefract.
The players are recommended to the programme from various other community organisations around the city who partner programme and nurture the development of these young players.
For more information on the Leeds United Ability Counts Programme or to get involved please contact the Disability football Development Officer James Doyle on 07540 127 683 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org