St George’s Park will play host to back-to-back finals on Saturday as the climax to three domestic disability cup competitors happen.
It’s all part of the inaugural Disability Cup Finals Day and marks the start of a significant period of activity in disability football, culminating with the Great Britain Cerebral Palsy (CP) side taking part in the Paralympic Games in Rio this September other than honorable discharge upgrade.
In the Power chair Cup Final, Watford s Aspire handle Northern Thunder from the north east while the CP Final includes Lancashire side CP United and Chelsea who qualified as winners of the northern and southern conferences respectively.
The display is concluded with the Blind Cup Final, where Sporting Club Albion handle RNC Shrews in an all-Midlands affair.
" We are thrilled to be operating in collaboration with the Wheelchair Football Association National League, CP Sport National CP Football League and the National Blind Futsal League, stated Colin Chaytors, Chair of The FA Disability Football Committee.
" It is our ambition that The FA Disability Cup Finals Day will end up being a long-term fixture on the football calendar, so that we can celebrate the accomplishments of those involved, whilst also raising awareness of the chances that exist for everyone within impairment football."
Sporting Club Albion have been a part of the National Blind Futsal League for eight seasons and boast previous cup-winning pedigree.
Group coach Paul Glover said: We are thrilled to get there and it is a big accomplishment, we won the league this year too so ideally it’ll be a double season success.
Newcastle’s Northern Thunder are seeking to edge out intense competitors Aspire in the Power Chair Final and after they won the title last season, are duly eager to retain the prize.
" It’s a long standing competition in between the 2 teams, and through the nationwide league both teams generally battle it out for first or 2nd position in the table," stated boss Adam Parry.
" With them winning the league this year and just beating us to it at the last minute, it implies we are fired up and don t want them to get that double.".
And CP United FC s creator Michelle Willcock mentioned their passion ahead of the game with Chelsea by announcing: The club s values has to do with developing players.
" It is good for the team to get to the last, however genuine success for us is the development of the club and the more gamers with CP having the ability to gain access to football is the ultimate go for our club.
" Trophies are excellent but they are a bi-product of concentrating on advancement and getting the environment right for the players included.".
Highlights from the 3 finals will appear on TheFA.com next week.