Over the last couple of years, our Ability Counts football project has gone from strength to strength following a strong two years of promotion followed by being crowned league champions. September kicked off the 2018/19 season for all of our teams in the Greater Manchester Ability Counts Football League, and as we finish for a winter break, how have our teams fared so far?
First up is our junior pan disability team, the Bury FC Junior Shakers. This was the first year that our junior team haven't been exclusive to Elms Bank, taking our training and recruitment out into the community, something we thought would be a challenge initially, however it seems to be paying off.
Not only have we been able to start building a good squad with lots of ability, our players also have a great unity and have made some very special friendships along the way. This has reflected in their performances in the league; having played 12 games so far, they currently sit second in the league. The performances of the Junior Shakers have been great to witness and long may this continue!
Now on to our open age (16+) teams - Bury Shakers and Bury Shadows, who play in Division One and Championship respectively.
It has been a challenging start to the season to say the least, however something which has always remained is the togetherness and family feel, which players and coaches alike feel around the club. The Shakers started the season slowly but have been able to pick up points in the last few games. They go into the break in 8th position with a game in hand, and only 2 points off 6th.
The Shadows have had what is a very tough introduction to the Championship and currently sit in 6th position after 10 games played. They still await their first competitive win of the season, something which will be addressed within the next couple of months, before recommencing the league in March. Regardless of the start to the season for both teams, confidence is still high and the belief exists that both teams can finish in a strong position in their respective leagues this season.
Do you or anyone you know have a disability but love playing football? Why not get involved - no matter what your ability is, there is a place for everyone. We are also on the lookout for a goalkeeper for the Shadows, who play in the Championship.
Think you have what we are looking for? Get in touch with our Community Development Officer by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or contact our Facebook page: Bury Boys & Girls Disability FC (@BuryDisabilityFC)