Sholing FC Pan Disability

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More information for those interested in participating can be obtained from Rob Pearce, via rpearce@saintsfc.co.uk or by calling 0845 688 9370.

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Saints Foundation ambassador Martin Sinclair was at St Mary’s Stadium to support the launch event for the charity’s new pan-disability pilot league. “It's about showcasing their ability, not their disability" - Martin Sinclair

A total of 30 teams and over 120 players, ranging from under-12s and under-16s through to adults, were involved in the day, which gave them the rare opportunity to play on the St Mary’s pitch. The event was the culmination of Saints Foundation’s work with five local clubs – Eastleigh, Fawley Falcons, Littleton, Sholing and St Francis – to develop their own disabled teams.

The aim is to build on the enthusiasm shown and develop a fully-fledged league suitable for all participants, while encouraging more teams to join.

Sinclair, who played for Great Britain’s cerebral palsy team at the London 2012 Paralympics, has been supporting the charity’s efforts in his new role as ambassador for the Foundation’s SaintsAbility programme, which offers regular sporting opportunities for young people and adults with physical and cognitive impairments.

He feels the new league would fill a big gap in the local community and the county as a whole. “It could do wonders with what they want to do in life, their confidence and self-belief,” he said. “They can achieve anything they want to achieve, just with a bit more guidance and a bit more help from the Saints Foundation, and hopefully we can do that.

That's what sport gives you and what football does to you. It brings people together and brings their confidence up and their self-belief that they can achieve something with a disability. It's been a great turnout and hopefully we can go on to get more people involved, but this is a platform for everyone to build on and hopefully we can do that in the next coming weeks and September as well.

Seeing the smiles on the people's faces is amazing. At the end of the day, it's about showcasing their ability, not their disability.”


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Sholing FC are delighted to be one of five local clubs to be working with Saints Foundation to develop their own disabled teams. Following the initial meeting with Rob Pearce and Phil Hastings from the Saints Foundation the Sholing FC Trio described it as an obvious thing to do and were excited about the prospect of giving people with all forms of disabilities the chance to play on a Level Playing Field.

Carly Kinsey said “It was an absolute inspiration to see all the participants take part at the Launch. I am extremely excited at this new initiative Sholing FC and Sholing Youth FC are taking part in with the Saints Foundation and cannot wait to see what the future holds. It’s all about football being inclusive and that anyone can play the sport. On a personal note it has also allowed my son who has Autism and ADHD to play and love the game again as unfortunately due to his difficulties he is unable to play mainstream football”.

More information for those interested in participating can be obtained from Rob Pearce, via rpearce@saintsfc.co.uk or by calling 0845 688 9370.

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