[T]he Cumberland FA, in partnership with England Amputee FA and Cumberland Infirmary Limb Centre, delivered it’s first-ever Amputee Football session on Sunday 6th November at Harraby Sports Complex in Carlisle.
Welcoming amputee players, and those with congenital deficiencies and non-functional limbs, the open taster session was led by Owen Coyle Jr, the GB Amputee Football head coach, and Dave Tweed of the English Amputee FA. A total of eight players joined the Cumberland FA for the session, including two players from the county in Thomas Atkinson and Leigh Gregory, which provided a series of skills-based drills, followed by a game to finish the day.
With a range of abilities on show, the event forms part of the Cumberland FA’s wider inclusion programme, offering football to as many people within the county as possible. The first-ever Amputee Football session provides the platform for an area that the County FA is eager to develop further, so as to ensure more opportunities are available for amputee players.
Alongside the ability of getting involved in the game, the sessions promote benefits of social interaction, as well as emotional and physical wellbeing.
Craig Lewis, Football Development Manager of the Cumberland FA, said: “It was fantastic to welcome everyone along to Harraby’s 3G earlier this month. It was the first time I’d seen an Amputee Football session in person and I was amazed by the skills on show. Having given it a try myself, I found it to be one of the most rewarding and enjoyable variations of the game available.
“I’d like to extend huge thanks to Owen Coyle and Dave Tweed for helping us set up the session initially – and for leading the day. Special thanks also go to Kathryn Osborne from Cumberland Infirmary’s specialist Rehabilitation and Mobility Centre for the superb support shown to assist and promote the event.
“We look forward to continuing our work together to increase the opportunities for amputee players to access the game in our county on a regular basis.”