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On the road to Wembley

October 21st, 2016

The line-up for the 2016 Panathlon Football Cup Finals at Wembley Powerleague is now known after a busy week of action involving 329 disabled footballers and a further 45 players who took part in separate coaching sessions.

The four qualifying competitions in the London Panathlon Football Cup attracted 46 teams in two age groups and a staggering 792 goals were scored over 159 matches.

Forty-five additional footballers from seven schools that don’t have the confidence to play in the competition, but still want to be involved, were coached by Panathlon’s Emma O’Connor and our School Ambassador, Tom Clements, who is also a qualified football coach (pictured below right).

marjorie-mcclure-with-thomas-clementsFootball was introduced to the London Panathlon programme in 2008, targeting players who are not involved in any competition elsewhere. We have since provided opportunities to footballers with severe learning difficulties, visual impairments and powerchair users. We have also pioneered a girls-only football project – which you can read about here.

The top two teams from each of the four competitions across London qualified for the Champions Final, while the third and fourth-placed teams progressed to the Plate Final. Both tournaments will be held at Wembley Stadium’s iconic Powerleague five-a-side venue in late November.

Plate Finalists – Wembley Powerleague, November 22nd
Hammersmith & Fulham
Kensington & Chelsea
Barking & Dagenham

Champion Finalists – Wembley Powerleague, November 29th
Waltham Forest

Richard Brown, team manager of Cricket Green School, who won the West London competition, said: “I just wanted to say a massive thank-you for organising the football competition. It was so great that we were able to give 26 of our pupils the opportunity to participate; that’s over a quarter of our upper school. The pupils were yet again on cloud nine after the event and loved being presented with their medals in assembly!”

Sue-Ellen Horrocks, from Riverside School in Haringey, who won the title at Wembley last year, said: “It was great to be able to involve extra pupils in the coaching today. They have really engaged with the session, which is a credit to Emma, to the extent that they continued with the coaching session and games afterwards, rather than coming over to watch the Haringey games.”



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