Ability counts

Hitchin Town s disabled team has made its mark this year. Their Ability Counts team were crowned league champions in the Herts and Beds FA Ability Counts League after a successful season on and off the field. With the help of North Herts People First, the

Hitchin Town's disabled team has made its mark this year.

Their Ability Counts team were crowned league champions in the Herts and Beds FA Ability Counts League after a successful season on and off the field.

With the help of North Herts People First, the team applied to Sport Relief via the Herts Community Foundation for a grant.

The sum of £5,000 was donated to the team and this helped the purchase of kit and other equipment.

A Football Foundation donation of £400 was also secured.

On the field, the club's two teams finished in the first two places. Hitchin's A team enjoyed a 100 per cent record, conceding just one goal and scoring 60. Their B team finished runners-up.

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The Hitchin Town Ability Counts team is part of the club's community development programme.

Mark Burke of Hitchin Town said: "It gives us great pleasure to enjoy the success of this committed group of footballers.

"Some overcome great difficulties to play the game and their dedication should be a source of inspiration.