We are very grateful to The Adam Stansfield Foundation which has made a donation to City Community Trust’s youth disability football teams.
Exeter City Knights Deaf Youth teams have been supplied with new kit - a playing strip for the u12s team and new training tops for the u12 and u16 sides. The u12s team unveiled their new strip at January’s Devon Youth Ability Counts festival in Tiverton. The teams were delighted that members of the Foundation team Andrea Parkin, Adam’s sister, and her husband Shaun were able to attend the event and spend time meeting the players and coaches after the tournament.
City’s Powerchair team head into the next South West Powerchair League fixtures with new player banners, displaying their name and squad number, to attach to the backs of their chairs. And the squad will benefit from a new piece of equipment - a portable controller box to adjust the settings and speeds of the player’s powered wheelchairs. This follows on from the Foundation providing the team with chair bumpers when it was established in 2015.
Shaun and Andrea also attended the clubs latest Down’s syndrome football session at Wonford Leisure Centre in Exeter. The Foundation helped with funding to get the original DSActive sessions off the ground and returned to see how the group of young people and its new members were progressing. The Foundation will support the team as they make the journey to the DS Active National Festival in Birmingham later this year.
Shaun Parkin, events managers at the Adam Stansfield Foundation, says:
“Disability Football and Ability Counts Football is an area we have always been keen to support. We have been really impressed with The Exeter City Knights Deaf Youth Football Teams set up. We are really pleased to be able to support them with playing kit and equipment. The volunteers do a fantastic job, not only at the matches but coaching every weekend. It was great to watch so many youngsters enjoying a sport made accessible by these hard-working volunteers and parents.”