Disability participants enjoy football fun at 2018 PL/BT Festival!

Disability participants enjoy football fun at 2018 PL/BT Festival!

Participants from Burnley FC in the Community’s Danny Ings Disability Sport Project recently enjoyed a trip to Manchester City’s fantastic Etihad Campus to take part in the 2018 Premier League and BT Sport Disability Football Festival.

Hosted by BT Sport presenters Jake Humphrey and Abi Stephens, the day was jam-packed full of fun football and involved over 20 Community Trusts from across the Premier League and the English Football League (EFL).

The first half of the day saw the teams get organised into groups ready to take on Skill Challenges delivered by Coaches from different clubs from around the country.

These challenges included a tricks and flicks session, shooting/penalty practice, passing drills and dribbling techniques. Former Premier League players Joleon Lescott and John Hartson were also present at the event, putting huge smiles on the participants’ faces as they got involved in a number of Skill Challenges.

After the morning sessions and a quick team photo with the Premier League trophy, it was time for the afternoon’s football tournament. Our BFCitC team were drawn against Sunderland Foundation of Light, Newcastle United Foundation and Hull City Tigers Trust.

Each game was full of hard work and determination. The team lost narrowly to Sunderland and Newcastle, but finished the group in third place after a big 1-0 victory over Hull.

The experience of a lifetime was then wrapped up by the team receiving their medals from Humphrey, Stephens, Lescott and Hartson on the PL/BT podium, before posing for photographs.

BFCitC’s Disability Development Officer, Lewis Rimmer, said: “It was an excellent day full of fun and high-quality football. The participants enjoyed themselves, but it was also a proud day for their parents who watched them receive their medals.

“Most importantly, it was a great experience for all the players, who played football at the magnificent training facilities of Premier League champions Manchester City.

“We thank the Premier League and BT Sport for their efforts in organising the festival and we are delighted that the Danny Ings Disability Sport Project continues to provide these opportunities to people in Burnley and the surrounding areas.”

For more information on our Disability Sport provision, please contact Lewis on l.rimmer@burnleyfc.com or 01282 704716.

Please check out our gallery of photos from the day below…