On Wednesday 20th January 2016 Park Community Academy & Great Arley, two of the ‘Special Educational Needs’ schools in the Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde area, took part in the ‘Frankel Topping Lancashire FA Ability Counts League’ held at Blackburn DW Soccerdome. The teams played various different SEN schools throughout the whole of Lancashire.
Park Community Academy took three teams to compete at the finals day with the U16’s Boys, U16’s Girls and U14’s Boys. Great Arley also had an excellent turn out with both U16’s Boys and U14’s boys in attendance. In total there were 35 children taking part in football in a fun, inclusive but still competitive environment, from the two schools.
In the U16’s girls league Park Community Academy finished an excellent 2nd place narrowly missing out to a very strong Morecambe Road team. All the girls have had a positive experience of football and physical education which is a wonderful end result.
In the U14’s boys league both Park and Great Arley did fantastic, with both sides finishing 4th and 6th respectively. The fixtures proved to be a great carrot for players to train within school time but also keep focused within their school environment to make sure they behaved and worked hard within classes.
Finally the U16’s league, which is arguably the most competitive competition, concluded with Great Arley finishing in the top half of the league in 5th place which was a great achievement for the school. In addition Park Community Academy won the league with an incredible 114 points, remaining unbeaten throughout the 24 matches of the season.
Blackpool FC Community Trust would like to say well done to both schools who we work closely with to deliver the ‘FA Mash Up Programme’ and also deliver a 6 week FREE block of multi-skills sessions in curriculum time which helps develop the participants skills and abilities.
Congratulations on your achievements!
Park & Great Arley U16s together