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BBC Children in Need funding for Trust disability football programme

Argyle Community Trust is delighted to be awarded funding from BBC charity Children in Need to add additional disability provisions for the Plymouth communities it serves.

Funding will be used to support a new disability football project called Ability Counts. The new project will allow children and young people to take part in free weekly sessions in the city and will aim to reach over 100 young children and families in Plymouth.

The sessions are offered to children and young people with a disability, aged between 5 and 18, and will ensure everyone is given the opportunity to experience the benefits of taking part in a regular sport. This includes improved physical and emotional wellbeing, developing confidence, and increasing social interaction, whilst also having fun!

BBC Children in Need’s mission is to help ensure every child in the UK is safe, happy, secure and has the opportunities they need to reach their potential.  They fund local charities and projects who help remove the barriers that children and young people are facing.

Argyle Community Trust CEO, Mark Lovell, adds, “We are immensely proud of our disability provision here at Argyle Community trust. Inclusivity is of paramount importance to the work we do, and we are delighted to be able to offer this new provision for the people of our city.

We offer a friendly and safe environment and state of the art facilities for our young people to enjoy playing football and have trained and experienced staff from Plymouth Argyle ensuring participants get the most out of the sessions.

We can’t thank BBC Children in Need enough for enabling us to further advance our disability provision and we look forward to welcoming participants in September.”

Sessions are held at the Trust’s bespoke facility, Manadon Sports & Community Hub, on Monday’s from 5pm to 6pm (all ages welcome initially). We are aiming to provide an additional day per week for ages 12 to 18, venue, time and day to be confirmed.

Sessions are now underway and everyone is welcome to attend. For more information about this project please email Argyle Community Trust community@pafc.co.uk.

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