Soccer team’s goal is new league

PUBLISHED: 11:43 16 February 2006 | UPDATED: 09:37 06 May 2010

The team

The team

A TEAM earned two pieces of great news last week, seeing them well on the way to contributing to a new league in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire. The Learning Difficulties side of Hitchin Town Football Club not only beat their St Albans opponents by a mass

A TEAM earned two pieces of great news last week, seeing them well on the way to contributing to a new league in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire.

The Learning Difficulties side of Hitchin Town Football Club not only beat their St Albans opponents by a massive 7-3 but they also successfully secured £5,000 funding.

They now hope to see a league created in the region, which will include learning difficulty teams from both Herts and Beds competing against each other.

The Hitchin team plays and trains at Top Field and has been running since October last year.

They are supported by the charity North Herts People First and Adult Care Services, and they are already doing really well.

Dave Hobbs works for North Herts People First and helps to organise the new team.

He said: "When I joined the charity in October I saw that there was a bit of a problem with leisure activities for disabled people, so I put in a bid to create a football team.

"Everything that we do aims to help people with learning disabilities and to give them a better standard of life.

"The football team is great, it's a good chance for people to get outside in the fresh air and get some exercise as well as interact with other people.

"It has also been fantastic to integrate with the local football team Hitchin Town.

"They have been outstanding with their help and the provision of their training ground."

With their new funding secured from Hertfordshire Community Foundation, the team hope to buy their own kit in Hitchin's colours.

But Mr Hobbs said: "There are three other teams that play in yellow so we may be better wearing Hitchin's away colours, blue."

He urges other groups in the area to join their league. At the moment there are eight teams, but many towns and learning difficulty organisations are not represented.

Mr Hobbs is keen to see an active league operating between Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire.

He said: "To get the league up and running would be an absolutly fantastic thing to do.

"There's a lot to consider so it would be a big achievement but the benefits of being outside enjoying leisure activities is so great."

If you're interested in joining in, call North Herts People First on 01462 422055.

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