Disability football in Devon given cash boost

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Disability football in Devon has been boosted by a £1,000 donation from a regional house builder.

The Devon Ability Counts League has received the grant from Persimmon Homes South West’s Community Champions project, which will see a pot of £24,000 being given to support local groups and charities over 12 months.

The Devon Ability Counts League is a not-for-profit group which gives those with a disability who want to play football the opportunity to partake in a competitive league.

The league has matches for men and women of all levels of ability, as well as monthly festivals for children with disabilities.

More than 300 people play in the league. People play with a range of impairments, including learning, physical and sensory disabilities and mental health issues.

Ashley Harris, of Devon Ability Counts Football League, said: “We are extremely grateful to Persimmon Homes South West for this generous donation.

“The league is run by our committed team of volunteers. This money will help us to continue to offer football for those with disabilities in Devon.

“We are currently raising money for the new season to pay for things like facility hire, new football goals, equipment and kit.”

Nina Hester, from Persimmon Homes South West, said:

“We were really impressed to read about the work that Devon Ability Counts Football League in making the game accessible to those with disabilities.

“We hope that this money will give them a boost ahead of the new season.”

The Persimmon Community Champions initiative is a national programme where charities and groups can apply for funding up to the value of £1,000 to match money they have already raised themselves. Nationwide the company will donate a total of £750,000.

Nina said: “We’ve made it really simple to apply for funding, and we’re urging groups and charities to apply for next month’s donation by completing an online form at www.persimmonhomes.com/charity.”

Source: Exeter Express and Echo http://www.exeterexpressandecho.co.uk/Disability-football-Devon-given-cash-boost/story-26891286-detail/story.html



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