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“We are delighted that we can now get even more young people involved with our football coaching programmes. We’ve seen a genuine transformation with many of the youngsters who come along and whilst the football is great fun these activities offer far more that just taking part in sport.”The £1,600 grant from the County Council will be used to purchase specialist equipment such as wheelchair friendly footballs and training cones as well as 36 hours of professional FA coaching both at the schools and at Whittington’s ground. County Councillor Matthew Ellis said:
“I watched one of the Whittington coaching sessions for young people with disabilities 18 months ago and was very impressed.The Local Members’ Initiative Scheme funding back then has been used wisely to make sure disability isn’t a barrier to sporting activities in our area. “The club want to build on that proven success by widening participation further and I’m delighted to have secured some extra funding for them which will help that happen. It’s great to see able bodied youngsters understanding disability better by playing and coaching football with those who have some special needs and enjoying it so much together.”