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The 2017/18 Adults Ability Counts East Cheshire League Season Is Up And Running!

The 2017/18 Adults Ability Counts East Cheshire League Season Is Up And Running!
Posted on October 19, 2017
Archive : October 2017
Category : News

Stockport County and Community Foundation Disability Adults teams were delighted to take part in the opening fixtures of the 2017/18 Adults Ability Counts Cheshire East League at Aquinas College on Tuesday 17 October 2017.

The season kicked off in fine style with eleven teams entering the Pan – Disability League for this campaign. In the Premiership there were 5 teams that included Stockport County, Manchester City Amps, SPARC United and two teams from Reddish North End and in the Championship, there were 6 teams including Stockport County Foundation, Pennine United, Buxton FC, Stalybridge Celtic Whites and Blues and new team Trafford Choices.

The weather conditions on the night couldn’t have been better for what proved to be a splendid festival of football that took place throughout the evenings tournament.

In the Premiership, last season’s champions started with a flurry winning 3 games and drawing one and this was matched by Manchester City Amps who did likewise. In the Championship, Pennine United and Stalybridge Celtic Whites hit the ground running with three wins out of their first five matches to start of their season.

Adrian Rigby-Bates, Community Foundation Disability Officer said:

“As the Divisional Secretary for the Adults Ability Counts East Cheshire League I was delighted to see how everything went off so well with the opening fixtures at Aquinas College. It was a real pleasure to see all the players enjoying themselves and having fun, whilst competing in their teams. There was a high level of skill and ability shown in their play and some great attacking and defending in the matches. Well done to everyone who was involved for all their efforts in making it such a success!”

Wendy Booth, County Football Development Officer (Disability) from the Cheshire County Football Association was present at the tournament to help with proceedings together with staff and coaches from Stockport County Community Foundation who all worked tremendously as a team to make the event come together.

Dave Wardle, Community Foundation Manager said:

“As a Foundation we are extremely proud to be working in Partnership with the Cheshire FA in running the Ability Counts League which continues to grow from strength to strength and we would like to welcome new team Trafford Choices to the league this season. We are very pleased to be able to provide the opportunity for people with a range of Physical and Learning Disabilities to take part in physical activity and to have the opportunity to play football in competitive matches every month at the tournament. The league, which has Premiership and a Championship is made up with 11 teams taking part now which is tremendous. We would like to thank everyone who is involved for all their efforts and to the families and friends for really showing their support and cheering the team’s on. We would also like to show our gratitude to our disability sponsors Parfetts Cash & Carry and The National League Trust for their very kind support”

If you know anyone who would like to access the Stockport County Community Foundations Disability Football Project please contact Adrian Rigby-Bates on 0161 286 8888 (ext. 263) or email

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