THE Brakes Community Foundation are trying to raise awareness for their pan disability football group who were prevalent at Leamington FC’s home fixture against Peterborough Sports at the end of last month.
The group formed a guard of honour to welcome the first team onto the field before entertaining fans with a penalty shootout at half time.
Club coaches, staff and volunteers support more than 50 families through the ability counts programme.
The Brakes Community Foundation’s (Leamington’s charity partner) ability counts programme helps to combat physical inactivity for disabled people.
A Sport England Active survey from 2021 discovered that one in five people in England have a long-standing limiting disability or illness.
And disabled people are almost twice as likely to be physically inactive (43 per cent) compared with those without a disability (23 per cent).
This inequality increases sharply as the number of impairments a person has increases, with 51 per cent of people with three or more impairments inactive.
The ability counts group have been coming together every Saturday morning for over a year and a half to play football, in what the Birmingham County FA have described as ‘one of the best inclusive football programmes in the area’.
Anyone who wants to help support the club’s charity programmes, including the pan disability programme, can make a donation at: localgiving.org/charity/brakes-foundation
Alternatively, anyone who does their Christmas shopping via Amazon Smile can choose the charity as their selected charity and Amazon will donate against your purchases. Just add ‘The Brakes Community Foundation’ as your chosen charity.
To find out more about the club’s pan disability programme visit: brakescommunityfoundation.co.uk