Wolves Foundation hosts Premier League Disability Football Festival

8 July 2024

Wolves Foundation hosts Premier League Disability Football Festival

Wolves Foundation hosted a hugely successful Premier League Disability Football Festival with players from across the country taking part in another fantastic day of competition at Compton Park.

Teams representing Foundations from Aston Villa, Birmingham, West Bromwich Albion and Walsall were joined by others from further afield including Liverpool and Manchester United for the annual event.

The day saw four sides lift the trophy in their respective tournaments, with a win for Wolves and Everton in the under-11s, while Aston Villa and Manchester United took the under-16s honours.

But football was the real winner, with the pan-disability festival contested by 24 teams, including participants with cerebral palsy, autism and visual impairment, played out in a great spirit.

Each team also took part in a ‘Super Movers’ workshop including football and boccia, a paralympic sport similar to bowls. The initiative from BBC Teach, the Premier League and ParalympicsGB encourages all children to get active, and particularly aims to help disabled pupils feel more included in sport at school.

Special guests were two of the Foundation’s ‘own’ – staff member Damien Wood who has been capped 99 times by the England Deaf team, and volunteer Tayla Page, who plays for the England Amputee team and received the Foundation’s Leadership Award at last year’s inaugural gala dinner.

“It was a real privilege to be asked to host this year’s festival at the Sir Jack Hayward Training Ground, and, for the second successive year, it proved a fantastic day,”

Luke Shearing, Community and Cohesion Manager with Wolves Foundation

“Here at Wolves, we continue to see the growth of our Football Disability set-up, which is also showcased with the half time game at our annual Foundation Focus Fixture, but it’s always good to catch up with colleagues at days like this, to share experiences and best practice.”

Luke Shearing, Community and Cohesion Manager with Wolves Foundation

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