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CUMB FA: Eden Mencap FC

12 November 2013

Eden Mencap FC tells Cumberland FA how they are helping

Eden Mencap FC, established in 2011, was one of Cumberland’s first Disability Charter Standard Football Club, offering regular football for disabled adults aged 16 and over, from weekly sessions to monthly fixtures in the Carlisle United Ability Counts League.

Since first stepping out on the football pitch, Eden Mencap FC have gone on to develop 2 adult female and 2 adult male teams; training regularly at Penrith Leisure Centre at an FA Mars Just Play Centre.

Last season, Eden Mencap FC were successful in gaining a Football Foundation Grow the Game bid, to help support the growth and development of new disabled teams within their Club.

Club Chair, Kirsty McGrath said: "When we received the news our application was successful for a Grow the Game bid, we were thrilled. We decided to put the money towards supporting our Under 16 developments, offering a sound structure for disabled children aged 8-16 to play regularly in a football club environment, with qualified coaches, carers and volunteers."

Eden Mencap FC is now running weekly ‘come and try’ taster sessions for disabled children aged 8-16 years old. Session details are outlined below:

Every Friday:
15th November
22nd November
29th November
6th December

4pm – 5pm

Penrith Leisure Centre, CA11 8JH

£2 per session

What to bring?
Drink, appropriate footwear, support if you need extra help
Disability Football Development Officer, Jess Lawson said: "It’s fantastic to see the project come together at Eden Mencap FC, and how the Football Foundation can support the development of grassroots football, especially in the disability game."

If you would like any further information on the Eden Mencap FC sessions, or perhaps you are a Charter Standard Club wishing to expand into the disability game, then please contact Disability Football Development Officer, Jess Lawson on 01900 872310 or e-mail

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