Wednesday, 11 June 2014

A major Inclusive Football Festival featuring teams from across the country will be held at West Park in Long Eaton on Saturday 14th June – the biggest event of its kind in the East Midlands. Organised by Riverside Football Club, which is based at West Park, the festival will host matches for football players with disabilities and of all ages, with kick-off from 10am. Riverside was awarded both the 2013 Derbyshire FA Inclusive Club of the Year and the Erewash Sport Inclusive Club of the Year and decided to stage the 2014 festival to showcase that players of all abilities are welcome to join. Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
“Riverside is a fantastic Football Club and this festival is a great platform for players with disabilities from all over the country to showcase their skills and take part in a competitive tournament. It will be a great day and I would encourage people of all ages to go along as spectators and cheer on the teams – as well as enjoy the other fun attractions.” 

 The festival has been backed by Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Football Associations and Leon Taylor, the former goalkeeper with the England Cerebral Palsy Football Team, will be in attendance and will present medals and trophies. Refreshments will be available for spectators from the club’s Dug Out café facility. Dale Bywater, Chairman of Riverside Football Club, added:
“As one of the largest FA Charter Standard Community Clubs in the East Midlands, Riverside are proud and keen to support players of all ages, abilities and genders and this Festival is a credit to all of our volunteers who give up their time, week-in, week-out.”
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