A team of students with learning disabilities from Tynemet College, coached by Newcastle United Foundation, have won the prestigious British Colleges National Championship Cup. The national tournament is held annually at Bath University every April.
Geoff McKnight, a tutor in Foundation Learning at the college said:
"We are thrilled to win this national tournament. Under the FA's new Disability Football Development Fund we have benefitted from a 26 week coaching programme with Newcastle United Foundation coaches.
"The students have enjoyed and benefitted from superb coaching sessions, which improved both their overall fitness and skill levels. We are grateful to both the Foundation and to the FA for funding this scheme".
Reggie Dornan, project coordinator for disability football at the Foundation said:
"Thanks to the FA Disability Football Development Fund we have had the opportunity to coach a adults for the first time. We are thrilled that Tynemet won this national competition and our coaches Phil Welford and Amber Whitely have received this reward for all their hard work during the season.
"The players really responded to our coaches in each session and their ability to listen and put their new skills into practice has resulted in winning the cup!"
Disability football is also the seventh most played team sport in the country. Through this funding The FA aims to encourage more than 30,000 new participants with a disability into football and almost 600 new disability football teams.