Grampian Schools’ Football League Performance Hopes to Boost Development Centre

February 6, 2019 - Lewis Clow

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A fantastic level of participation and an abundance of quality playing skills at the latest in the series of Grampian School Football League tournaments has seen Aberdeen Football Club Community Trust open the door of one of its Development Centre to more players than ever before.

Impressed with the standards shown by the players from six secondary schools and three primary schools that took part on the day, Ross McNeil, Community Coach for AFCCT with responsibility for inclusion, has sent an open invite for the Development Centre in Bucksburn (which usually only invites players to train with the squad following trials) to all of those who participated in the event.

It is hoped that the move will help to increase the pool of talent within the current ASN football squad, creating more competitive playing opportunities for youngsters and strengthening the pathway for players with learning disabilities in the region.

Within the invitation, McNeil envisions a positive future for disability football, noting “It would be great to create a really strong Aberdeen ASN team from these tournaments to represent the city.”

During 2019, a series of developments in disability football within Grampian are looking promising including the re-instatement of Power Chair Football in partnership with the SPFA, and the introduction of Frame Football thanks to a partnership between parents involved in Cerebral Palsy Aberdeen and the Scottish FA.

If you, or someone you know, lives with a physical, sensory or intellectual impairment and would like to get more involved in sport, please get in touch with Alison Shaw (Regional Manager for Scottish Disability Sport) on 07828 744 848 or alison.shaw@scottishdisabilitysport.com

Lewis Clow