Blackpool FC Community Trust – Ability Counts Triumph

On Saturday 7th May 2016 Blackpool FC Community Trust ‘Pan-Ability’ teams took part in the final meeting of the season in the Frankel Topping Lancashire FA Ability Counts League held at playfootball.net held in Preston.   PAN Ability                     The Blackpool Pan-Ability teams are made up with individuals who mostly have disabilities such as Mild Learning Disability, Severe Learning Disability and Deaf but do have participants who have various other impairments such as Autism, Down’s Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and Amputations. All of the individuals who participate in this competition are 16 years of age or older and helps give them an opportunity to have a healthier lifestyle while socialising and playing football in an inclusive environment. There was two teams from Blackpool FC Community Trust who entered the competition back in November, with the ‘A Team’ and ‘B Team’ both going into the final fixtures of the season sitting top of their respective leagues. The BFCCT ‘A Team’ started off excellently winning the first two fixtures of the day defeating Burnley FC (2-1) and Mill Hill Reds (5-1). The ‘B Team’ also had a terrific start beating Northwest Scorpions (8-0), Sir Tom Finney ‘A’ (5-0) and Fleetwood Town (9-0). The BFCCT ‘A Team’ then had two fixtures remaining, they had to win one of the fixtures to secure the league title. The team ran out 6-1 winners in their second to last game which seen them lift the Premiership winner’s trophy for the second time, in their second season. Rick Bryan (BFCCT Inclusion Officer) gave his overview of the seasons saying ‘We are thrilled win back to back titles and delighted for the group who have worked extremely hard this season. It is also great to see so many participants enjoying football in an inclusive environment’. The BFCCT ‘B Team’ who also had a lead at the start of the day seen their lead shorten after back to back draws vs AFC Master White and Mill Hill Blue. The team still had a healthy gap and secured the Championship trophy with an emphatic 6-1 win in their second to last fixture. Overall the season was another massive success with 14 males taking part in an excellently organised league by Lancashire FA and enjoying their football while coming away as champions of the Premiership and Championship divisions. Well done to all the participants who have taken part throughout the season, the teams will now take part in the Cup competition on Saturday 28th May On Saturday 7th May 2016 Blackpool FC Community Trust ‘Pan-Ability’ teams took part in the final meeting of the season in the Frankel Topping Lancashire FA Ability Counts League held at playfootball.net held in Preston. The Blackpool Pan-Ability teams are made up with individuals who mostly have disabilities such as Mild Learning Disability, Severe Learning Disability and Deaf but do have participants who have various other impairments such as Autism, Down’s Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and Amputations. All of the individuals who participate in this competition are 16 years of age or older and helps give them an opportunity to have a healthier lifestyle while socialising and playing football in an inclusive environment. There was two teams from Blackpool FC Community Trust who entered the competition back in November, with the ‘A Team’ and ‘B Team’ both going into the final fixtures of the season sitting top of their respective leagues. The BFCCT ‘A Team’ started off excellently winning the first two fixtures of the day defeating Burnley FC (2-1) and Mill Hill Reds (5-1). The ‘B Team’ also had a terrific start beating Northwest Scorpions (8-0), Sir Tom Finney ‘A’ (5-0) and Fleetwood Town (9-0). The BFCCT ‘A Team’ then had two fixtures remaining, they had to win one of the fixtures to secure the league title. The team ran out 6-1 winners in their second to last game which seen them lift the Premiership winner’s trophy for the second time, in their second season. Rick Bryan (BFCCT Inclusion Officer) gave his overview of the seasons saying ‘We are thrilled win back to back titles and delighted for the group who have worked extremely hard this season. It is also great to see so many participants enjoying football in an inclusive environment’. The BFCCT ‘B Team’ who also had a lead at the start of the day seen their lead shorten after back to back draws vs AFC Master White and Mill Hill Blue. The team still had a healthy gap and secured the Championship trophy with an emphatic 6-1 win in their second to last fixture. Overall the season was another massive success with 14 males taking part in an excellently organised league by Lancashire FA and enjoying their football while coming away as champions of the Premiership and Championship divisions. Well done to all the participants who have taken part throughout the season, the teams will now take part in the Cup competition on Saturday 28th May