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Wheelchair football club one of the first

Wheelchair football club is one of the first of its kind in the south west

Cheltenham Borough Council's (CBC) sports development team has teamed up with the Gloucestershire Football Association (GFA) to launch a sustainable wheelchair football club.

CBC and the GFA first invited wheelchair users to try out their skills at two taster sessions last November, which proved so successful that a long term project has been set up.

The club is one of the first of its kind in the south west, and all wheelchair users (both manual and electric) of any age and ability are invited to the coaching sessions. The sessions start on Saturday 10 March at 10:30 am at St Benedict's College Sports Centre.

Cheltenham Borough Council youth sports development officer Matt Baker comments: "Following successful sessions last year we decided that it would be an exciting project to develop for wheelchair users in Cheltenham and the surrounding villages. Everyone really enjoyed the last sessions and we hope that this will grow into a successful recognised football club that will act as a catalyst inspiring others in the region."

To book a place on the sessions, or for further information, call Matt Baker on 01242 775121.

Councillor Anne Regan, cabinet member for stronger and safer communities, comments: "It is wonderful news that this project has proved to be so successful. The new club opens up a great opportunity for wheelchair users to take part in this popular national sport."

Sessions cost 2 and take place from 10.30am to 11.30am at Benedict's College Sports Centre, Arle Road, Cheltenham GL51 8LE on the following Saturdays:

* March 10, 17, 24, 31
* April 21, 28
* May 5, 12, 19

Posted : 07/03/2007 18:34:10

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