Unified Football has recently been set up by our Sporting Chances team leader Gavin Jones to allow children with a disability to represent their school in a football competition - an activity they wouldn't generally be able to do.
The games were arranged to be inclusive, ensuring at least two disabled children were on the pitch at any one time.
The first of the event took place on Friday 24th November 2017 at Wolves Indoor Dome, situated in Aldersley Leisure Village. Four teams were involved representing four schools: Eastfield Primary, St Luke's Primary, Westcroft and Graiseley.
Each team played each other twice, ending with a play off to determine third and fourth place as well as the conclusive final between St Luke's and Graiseley, with the latter winning with a score of 2 - 0.
As the first Unified Football event came to a close, Show Racism The Red Card (SRTRC) posters were given out to all participants involved, helping to further promote anti-racism in the football community. SRTRC is the UK's anti-racism educational charity that has been aiming to combat racism since being set up in January 1996.
As well as the poster, the players of the winning team were awarded medals for their achievement of becoming the first champions of the Unified Football competition.
The second tournament is set to take place in the New Year along with our various other inclusive activities we deliver each week, such as the pan disability sessions which aim to improve players football skills and knowledge through small sided games and technical sessions.