Funding boost for disability football in town

Dave Laughlin, Belper Town FC secretary
Dave Laughlin, Belper Town FC secretary

Disability football sessions in Belper can look forward to an assured future, thanks to successful grant funding arranged by Foundation Derbyshire.

Foundation Derbyshire, previously known as Derbyshire Community Foundation, has awarded the Belper Community Football Programme a grant of £1,400 to continue with weekly disability football sessions at Belper Leisure Centre.

The grant has been sourced from the John Weston Charitable Fund, managed by Foundation Derbyshire and which provides grants to help young people and their community organisations in Duffield and South West Derbyshire.

Disability football sessions take place on Saturday mornings at Belper Leisure Centre, but current funding for the sessions had almost been exhausted. But, the grant from the John Weston Fund has arrived in time to enable sessions to continue for another year at least.

Dave Laughlin, secretary of the Belper Community Football Programme, which operates the disability sessions, said: “The support that we have been given by Foundation Derbyshire and the John Weston Fund trustees has been brilliant and the timing is just perfect.

“They are keen to see the disability football sessions flourish now that they have been relocated to Belper Leisure Centre.

“We would like to increase the numbers of disabled footballers, aged between 6-16, making use of the sessions.

“This is the third year the John Weston Charitable Fund has been the principal funder of the disability football sessions and without their continued financial support, the scheme could not have continued”.

The sessions take place between 9am-10am on Saturdays. The sessional fee is £3 but the first four sessions are free to allow parents to assess their suitability for their children’s needs.

More details of the disability sessions can be obtained from BCFP disability football coach Rachel Wilson on 07510 752352.