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JAMES RENNIE: Annual football challenge

11 February 2014

Another great tournament

Last Tuesday, the Sands Centre in Carlisle welcomed over 80 disabled football players through their door to take part in the Annual James Rennie Football Challenge.  

15 school teams from right across the County came together this week to play in a fun, friendly, football festival, part of the CUFC Schools Pan-Disability Football Programme.  The programme hosts 4 or 5 football events throughout the school year in different parts of the County, offering 11-18 year olds an opportunity to come along and play football and represent their school.

Football Development Officer, Jess Lawson said: "The James Rennie Football Challenge is one of our most popular events in the programme and has seen a massive increase in new players and new schools coming on board.  

"It was a brilliant day and wouldn’t have been made possible without the help and support from James Rennie School, Active Cumbria, students from the University of Cumbria and the fantastic sport leaders from William Howard School."

The day welcomed along Carlisle United players Chris Chantler and Mike Edwards who watched some of the fantastic football being played and had the opportunity to chat to the players throughout the day.

In addition to the football activity, we welcomed along Bitts Park Head Tennis Coaches Tracey Burrus and Lee Burrell who offered disability tennis taster sessions in the neighbouring sports hall, for disabled youngsters to pick up a racket and have a go at Disability Tennis.  

We hope to continue to work with the LTA in organising some Football/Tennis Easter and summer provision for Disabled children in the area.

If you would like any further information regarding disability football, both junior and adult, then please contact Disability Football Development Officer, Jess Lawson on 07807 665543 or e-mail

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