New disability football opportunities at Penrith

Children and young people living with disabilities in the Penrith area are set to benefit from a significant boost in opportunities to play football. This is thanks to a £1,500 Grow the Game grant, sponsorship from Jeld-Wen UK Ltd and Allan Forsyth Plumbing & Heating, and support from the coaches and volunteers at Penrith AFC.

The Grow the Game scheme, which is funded by The Football Association and delivered by the Football Foundation, enabled the creation of a new junior football group in Penrith, led by local volunteer and coach Chris Kolek, whose son had previously been travelling to Manchester due to the lack of opportunities locally.

The Grow the Game scheme sees grants of £1,500 awarded to community football clubs wishing to create new teams, especially amongst under-represented groups.

This year, funding was made available for clubs looking to create new female and disability football teams, which can assist towards the costs of FA coaching courses; FA league affiliation costs; referees’ fees; first aid kits; football kit and equipment.

The sponsorship received from local businesses is helping with the additional costs of purchasing equipment and hiring venues and facilities suitable for children and young people of all abilities to be able to participate in the new team.

Through its sponsorship, Jeld-Wen UK is continuing its generous support for Penrith AFC which, over a number of years, has helped to meet the costs of kits and training wear for the younger teams. Their support is very much appreciated by everyone at Penrith AFC.

Karl Collinson said, “Penrith AFC Juniors are delighted to welcome Chris and his team to the club. We have over 30 fully qualified coaches within the club and this will further strengthen Penrith AFC within the local area and get more people involved in their community club”.

Penrith chairman Brian Williams added, “We are a family club that continues to grow thanks to the volunteers who dedicate their time to the club, and the local businesses who sponsor us. Chris and his new team received a grant from The FA and the Football Foundation and now, with support from our club and the kind sponsorship from local businesses, we aim to firmly establish this new team and open up opportunities for kids of all abilities to come and enjoy playing football.”