Oxfordshire FA-affiliated Bure Park Juniors Football Club successfully launched their brand-new disability youth session on Saturday 15 February.
Hosted at Whitelands Farm Sports Ground, the session – which is open to all young players aged between five and 16 with a disability – saw 12 young people take part in a range of fun football games and activities, all led by Bure Park Junior coaches Adam Robinson and Yasmin Elgen.
“We are absolutely delighted with how the first training session went,” said Ben Hillier, Bure Park Juniors' Chairman.
“When you consider the weather, we still had a fantastic number of people attend, but even better was witnessing first-hand how much fun was had by all involved. For us, this is proof of how powerful football can be in terms of bringing all parts of the community together to enjoy the game.
“Whilst we’re very much at the beginning of an exciting journey, we are looking forward to developing this further. I would like to say thanks for the great work being done by Adam and Yasmin, with the support of Colin Williams at Oxfordshire FA. Exciting times are ahead for us all.”
The session was supported by England Cerebral Palsy footballer Harry Baker, who is also Cherwell District Council’s Youth Activator. Harry engaged with parents, answered questions from children and discussed his role with the England CP team and his experiences in disability football.
Bure Park Juniors will continue to run the session from Whitelands Farm Sports Ground every Saturday morning between 9.00am and 10.00am.
To register for the sessions, please contact Adam or Yasmin at Bure Park Juniors via firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively, for any enquiries relating to disability football in Oxfordshire, please contact Colin Williams, Disability Football Development Officer at Oxfordshire FA, via email@example.com