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A county first

PUBLISHED: 08:00 06 June 2008 | UPDATED: 20:34 05 July 2010

PIONEERING new links for Suffolk have been forged as two of the town's football teams plan to run the first course of its kind in the county.

Lowestoft Town FC and Waveney Youth FC are joining forces to offer disabled football coaching to the community.

PIONEERING new links for Suffolk have been forged as two of the town's football teams plan to run the first course of its kind in the county.

Lowestoft Town FC and Waveney Youth FC are joining forces to offer disabled football coaching to the community. Four taster sessions - starting on Monday, June 16 and then running each Monday thereafter - will be open to boys and girls, aged between six and 15, who have learning difficulties, are wheelchair users, deaf, amputees, or visually impaired.

“We will be the first two clubs in Suffolk to offer disabled coaching across the board - no-one will be excluded,” Shaun Swan from Waveney Youth said.

Sessions, which will be run by fully-qualified coaches, will cost £1 for an hour's coaching. They have been set up by both the clubs with funding and backing from OPTUA, Waveney District Council's sports department, Claire Henwood from the council and Suffolk FA.

The two clubs' have also signed the deaf pledge for the course, and new equipment at Lowestoft Town has been provided through the Help an East Coast child appeal.

“They will be just general fun sessions, learning the youngster new skills, with the long term aim of entering sides into a disabled league,” Colin Greengrass from Lowestoft Town said.

“This is about pushing youth football forward and offering opportunities across the board as we get involved in the community,” Swan said.

w If you are interested in talking part in the course, or would like more details, e-mail shaun.swan@tesco.net

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