Aston Villa disability team at Summer Cup
The Aston Villa Foundation’s disability footballers represented the club with pride at the Summer Cup in Norwich.
12 clubs from around the country came together for the competition, with Villa making it to the semi-final stage before they bowed out to eventual winners Middlesbrough. Participants had a range of disabilities such as cerebral palsy, hearing impairments, dwarfism, and learning disabilities, coming together for a great day of football.
Debbi Rawson, the Foundation’s Disability Programmes Manager, felt it was an invaluable experience for the Villa players. She said: “Tournaments like the Summer Cup are brilliant for celebrating equality and providing everyone with the chance to play football. The players were beaming with pride to pull on the Aston Villa shirt and compete against clubs from around the country. At the Foundation, we’ll always strive to create these kinds of opportunities for people with disabilities.”
The Aston Villa Foundation has a thriving disability football section, providing competitive football from the age of seven through to adulthood. There are currently over 70 players attending weekly sessions at Villa Park, with staff always open to welcoming newcomers.