Eagles Learning Disability Team fly high at Stamford Bridge

Twenty players from Palace for Life Foundation’s Elite Learning Disability Team travelled to Stamford Bridge stadium to represent Palace in the Adult PAN Disability tournament at Chelsea’s inaugural Disability Showcase Event.

Learning Disability Team

The group travelled to South West London on Sunday 26 May to compete alongside 33 other teams, including Premier League sides Arsenal, Brighton and Tottenham Hotspur.

The Foundation fielded two teams, with the Eagles competing in the ‘Cup’ competition, where they drew their first two games 1-1 and 0-0 and subsequently won their last game 1-0. They finished second in the group, narrowly missing out on a spot in the semi-final.

Chelsea Tournament action

The Bulldogs played for the ‘Plate’ and lost their first game, won the second game and were given a bye in their final game to also finish second. They qualified for the third place-play off, which they won.

Casey Peter Kensington, a regular participation at Elite Learning Disability Football shared his experience: “I really enjoyed the tournament and our team played very well. I loved scoring goals on the Chelsea pitch. I was disappointed that they took us out of final we were meant to play.”

Foundation coach Richard Amponsah added: “All of the players did extremely well. It’s a great opportunity for them to play on a Premier League pitch like Stamford Bridge and they conducted themselves in a professional manner throughout the competition.”

The success of the tournament was evident in the team’s following training session, with the players asking when they can represent Crystal Palace again in another tournament.

Learning Disability Team at Chelsea

The Foundation’s Elite Learning Disability group train on Thursday evenings in Selhurst, by invitation only. However, there are also regular Learning Disability football sessions during the week, through which players can be invited to join the Elite session.

For more information on Palace for Life Foundation’s Disability Programmes, contact Keon Richardson, Disability Officer – KeonRichardson@palaceforlife.org or Michael Harrington, Disability Manager – MichaelHarrington@palaceforlife.org