'One City' Tournament kicks off
- Thu 24 Jun 2010, 10:28AM
- Posted by Damaris Treasure
City in the Community’s 'One City' disability programme reaches its competitive peak this Friday.
CITC’s ‘One City’ disability tournament is being held this Friday 25th June at Platt Lane. The PAN disability tournament is held twice a year for KS3 and 4 pupils who attend Manchester special schools that have engaged in the programme.
As part of the ‘One City’ disability scheme CITC have been delivering wheelchair football sessions to local special schools, such as the Lancasterian School in West Didsbury. This is a specialist communication establishment dedicated to teaching and supporting children with a range of physical and medical disabilities.
The school has received six one-hour wheelchair football sessions as part of the ‘One City’ disability programme, combining football sessions with their usual games. Wheelchair football is an adapted game for wheelchair users played with a large 13’’ ball so players can hit the ball with their wheelchairs. The game is 4v4 and played indoors on a 5 a side pitch using goals which are six metres wide.
Matt Campian, a teacher at the school, said ‘The wheelchair football sessions were really well planned and fully met the needs of the children at our school. All of the children had lots of fun and grew in confidence every week. They can't wait to work with the City coaches again!”
The 'One City' disability programme (funded by the Premier League/PFA Community fund) engages with disabled people in Manchester and aims to increase playing opportunities and develop player pathways for disabled footballers.