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Ability Counts Teams Prepare For New Season

19 September 2018

This week, the Trust saw our Ability Counts teams return to training ready for the 2018/19 season.

Ability Counts is a football project which is designed to be inclusive to footballers who have a range of additional needs and disabilities. Our teams will again take part in the Greater Manchester Ability Counts Football League, and we will be entering teams into both the junior and open-age leagues.

For the first time in a number of years, our junior team is not exclusive to a school and is being run from our home, The Football Centre (Goshen). The junior teams will primarily be overseen this season by Community Development Officer Paul Chandler, and Trust volunteer Raffi Rubens, who currently plays in our open-age team.

As this is now run in the community, this gives us more scope to be able to recruit and nurture young players, and our sessions are designed not just to improve the children as players, but to also allow them to have fun while learning.

In less than a week, our junior season begins; don't worry if you've not already signed up, we are always on the look out for new players! Our season begins on Friday 21st September at Salford Sports Village.

In open-age news, last season's League One winners Bury Shadows will kick off their Championship campaign on Friday 5th October.

Our training times are: Mon 5pm-6pm (Youth), 6pm-7pm open-age (16+). We also have a goalkeeping coach 6pm-7pm.

If you are interested in playing for any of our teams, or you are a coach of a PAN disability club and are interested in arranging any friendlies, please get in touch by contacting Paul either by e-mail on or by phone on 07512 932 639 or 0161 641 3862.

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