Chelsea Foundation’s Disability Showcase returned on the 25th & 26th of May, with hundreds of young people and adults with varying disabilities coming together at Cobham and Stamford Bridge for a weekend of football fun.
The Disability Showcase highlights Chelsea Foundation’s commitment to their disability inclusion programme, enabling young people and adults with any disability to participate in organised football matches and coaching sessions.
The two-day event brought together more than more than 700 participants in what is the biggest disabled football event of its kind in the UK. Incorporating six disability football tournaments, it had 72 teams taking part from a variety of different clubs.
Saturday’s activity at Cobham included a pan-disability festival for players under 8 years of age, as well as pan-disability tournaments for under 12 and under 16 age groups. On Sunday, the focus switched to adults with three mini-tournaments on the hallowed Stamford Bridge turf.
Happening simultaneously at Cobham was a Club Foot festival of football, for players aged 3 to 15, which was organised with the support of Global Clubfoot Initiative, Chelsea & Westminster Hospital and Steps, a national charity working for people those whose lives are affected by childhood lower limb conditions.
Events like this highlight the need for promoting active living in the disabled community. Active living and sport will also be a key topic at the next edition of Naidex, and if you’re looking to try out different sports, you’ll be able to immerse yourself in the Live Sports Arena at the show, try out a number of activities and discover your next passion in a safe and exciting environment, whilst enjoying the challenging and stimulating thrill only sport can bring.