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ABILITY COUNTS: Winter break

16 October 2013

Ability Counts League takes a winter break

The Ability Counts League has recently piloted a new summer fixture programme at a new venue, Penrith Leisure Centre. 

The League has made tremendous growth over the past two seasons, seeing over 50 disabled men and women come together in their teams to play in the only disability football League in the County.

Local Referee, and keen supporter of the disability game, Ian Anderson said: "It’s my first year as a qualified referee and my first season with the Ability Counts League. To me, this is what football is all about, the commitment, the teamwork, the dedication, respect and pride. It’s been a privilege to be involved."

Since moving to the outside venue, the League also decided to change the times of months they play in (rather than the traditional season), and meaning that the CUFC Ability Counts League will now play from March through to October. 

Pirelli FC Coach, Martin Taylor shares his experiences of how he got involved: "I became involved in the Ability Counts League in 2012 to get more coaching experience following completing my level one, since then I've become hooked. Everyone who attends the League is there to enjoy playing football and this is highly infectious. 

"Seeing the benefit that football as a sport and as a social activity brings to the wide range of ability players is great to see, and I would recommend it to any coaches who want to further their understanding of coaching in a fun learning environment."

The winter break will continue to offer disabled adults ‘Just Play’ weekly sessions, Day Service football programmes and indoor winter tournaments.

Disability Football Development Officer, Jess Lawson said: "We’ve had a fantastic year of disability football, the growth we have seen in all areas of the game has been overwhelming. The new League format and feedback has been really positive, it’s allowed more disabled players and teams of all abilities to come along and get involved.  

"I would like to say a big thank you and well done to all our ability counts Clubs, fantastic volunteers and dedicated referee’s, who have all contributed greatly to the success of the League."

The League looks forward to welcoming back its ten teams in March 2014. If you would like more information about the CUFC Ability Counts League, how to join a club, or get involved in any of our disability programmes, please contact Disability Football Development Officer, Jess Lawson on 01900 872 310 or 07807 665 543, or email

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