BURTON Albion Community Trust recently hosted its first-ever disability events day.
The day consisted of an inaugural disability football tournament, as well as a disability roadshow, showcasing all of the disability work that Burton Albion Community Trust (BACT) provides.
31 teams from 10 different clubs including Stoke City, Tamworth, Wolves, Royal Wirley, Bradford City, Cannock, Port Vale, Stourbridge and Accrington Stanley took part in three age categories. Stoke City were victorious in the under-12 age group, Wirley took home the under-16 prize whilst BACT’s adult team won the open age tournament.
BACT launched it’s very-first deaf and Cerebral Palsy (CP( football teams at the tournament and it’s looking for players to represent the Community Trust. The deaf football side will play in the England Deaf Football League (EDFL) North Division, whilst the Cerebral Palsy side is currently a social session but will be playing at tournaments across the season.
Trials for the deaf side are taking place on Friday 1st September 6-8pm and a trial for the CP team is also due to take place in the near future too.
To compliment the Pan Disability Football Tournament, Burton Albion Community Trust delivered a Health and Wellbeing roadshow in partnership with the Staffordshire and Stoke NHS Integrated Care Board. The aim of the event was to showcase the health and social care partner organisations and charities in East Staffordshire available to support individuals and families with Learning Disabilities and Autism. The event revolved around a ‘Health and Well-Being Scavenger Hunt’ which was comprised of fun, inclusive activities and games to inspire, educate and engage participants in managing their health and well-being. There was plenty of healthy competition and a great family atmosphere with lots of prizes won for completing the challenge.
The event was a great success with Mayor of East Staffordshire Councillor Syed Hussain was also in attendance at the day and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service team members joining in the fun. With very positive feedback already, it is hoped that BACT will continue to offer more inclusive partnership events such as this to support the population of East Staffordshire.
BACT Head of Community Will Evans said: “The day has been a huge success and I’m immensely proud of what has been achieved here today. To have the mayor here too is also a huge privilege.
“The effort put in by everyone to make this event happen shows how deeply they all care about making a difference in our communities.”
BACT Disability Coordinator Charles Sketchley said: “So much work has gone into making this day a reality and to see it become a reality is amazing. There’s been a lot of help from everyone and I can’t thank them enough. We can’t wait for next year’s event.”
For any information on BACT’s disability provision, please contact Charles.email@example.com.