Disabled footballers get the chance to show off their skills

A NEW disability football tournament is being launched in Horsham to provide a competitive focus for disabled footballers in Sussex.

The Patricia Louise Smith Memorial Cup takes place on Saturday morning at Forest Recreation Centre with disability football teams from Brighton and Burgess Hill competing against a combined Horsham/Crawley team in three age groups: Junior, Youth and Adult.

The tournament offers disabled players the opportunity to compete against other plays of a similar age. They will be able to put into practice the skills they have learned in the weekly coaching sessions at Forest Recreation Centre.

The Smith family who were influential in starting the disability football in Brighton three years ago have sponsored the trophies which the winning teams keep until the next tournament.

The Patricia Louise Smith Memorial Cup will be competed for on a monthly basis with the first two tournaments taking place in Horsham and the tournament in March due to be held in Brighton.

They are being organised by Brighton and Hove Football Disability Project in partnership with Horsham District Council other local councils and the English Federation Disability Sport. The ultimate aim is for a disability football league to be formed in Sussex in 2002.

If other disability groups are interested in getting involved with the tournaments or disability football coaching please contact: Paul Taylor, Community Recreation Officer, Horsham Leisure Link on (01403) 274652.