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Foundation update: Disability footballers take part in national cup

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Foundation update: Disability footballers take part in national cup

The Aston Villa Foundation’s disability footballers represented the club at the FA People’s Cup last weekend. 

A mixed youth team travelled to the National Football Centre at St George’s Park on 27 April for Finals Day of the national competition.  

After producing some excellent football en route to the semi-finals, the team’s journey came to an end when they lost out to eventual winners Maidstone United 2-0. 

Taking part in the competition was a great experience for the Aston Villa players, who train in the Academy Building at Villa Park and play in leagues and cups throughout the year.  

The FA People’s Cup is an annual small-sided competition open to male, female and disability players across 15 categories.  

Rashaan Herbert-Robins said: “There is a place for you here, whether tall, short, male, female, disabled or able-bodied. 

"We all want to win, but more importantly we want to break down barriers and show that football is for everyone." 


 Eliza Higgie added: "I love that I am a young girl captaining a mixed team. It shows everyone that girls can play football. 

“We are better together. I hope I can be a role model to other female footballers." 

The Foundation has teams competing in the Birmingham Ability Counts League and Sandwell Ability Counts League, providing competitive football for our under-11s, under-14s, under-17s and adult squads. 

The emphasis is on having fun, making new friends and building confidence, while also highlighting the importance of regular physical activity. 

There is a small cost for each session, and they take place in the Academy Building at Villa Park every Friday.  

For more information, please contact Nigel Macrow by email or by phone on 0121 3261516.

Greg  Styles
By @GregStyles91 2nd May 2019