Mayor to open learning disabilities football fun day


Local people with learning disabilities are invited to take part in a special football fun day at the Zone in Huddersfield on Tuesday 21st June and the Mayor of Kirklees Eric Firth, has kindly agreed to perform the official opening.

The event is being organised by South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, as part of Learning Disability Week, which runs from 20th June- 26th June.

The football fun day will run from 10.45am to 2pm and includes lots of different activities and fun competitions from five aside football matches to penalty shoot outs.

Playing football has both psychological and physical benefits and the event provides an opportunity for people with learning disabilities and/ or complex needs to experience the thrill of the beautiful game in a safe environment with activities suited to meet individual needs and interest.

The event, which will be supported by James Doyle the Disability Football Development Officer for West Riding, follows on from the huge success of the last football fun day in March, which sold out.

The Trust’s professional lead nurse for learning disabilities, Nigel McLoughlin, said, “We know that physical activity and social inclusion all make a big difference to wellbeing so this event is concentrating on these areas. We want people with learning disabilities who use our services to be able to try something new to enhance their wellbeing. Sport is great at bringing people together and building a sense of community.”

The event is just £2.00 per person, but there is no charge for carers. Places are limited and will be allocated to applicants who apply first.

To find out more about the fun day or to book a place contact the inclusion team on 01924 328656 or email

Mayor to open learning disabilities football fun day

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