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New Directions scores a success with disability football tournament

Teams from across Merseyside converged on south Sefton this week for the 2018 New Directions Disability Football Tournament.

The event, which was held at Goals Football Centre in Netherton, was hosted by Sefton’s leading social care provider and open to clubs from across the city region.

Eight teams took part in the six-a-side competition, with a team representing Skem Men-aces doing just enough to lift the trophy after a number of hard-fought games against strong opposition.

The other teams that took part were a second side from the Skelmersdale Skem Men-Aces club, Dunningsbridge who are based at the New Directions South Hub on Park Lane in Netherton and a team from Buzz Hub, the St Helens Coalition of Disabled People.

The line-up was completed by teams from disability support charities Phab Liverpool and Halewood-based Your Voice Your Choice, Oakfield Day Service in Liverpool and Kirkby Activity Centre.

The presentations were made by New Directions HR Manager Adam Drury who congratulated all the teams on the competitive but fair way they had played throughout the tournament.

The event was organised by Karl Hughes and Donna Brannan of the New Directions South Hub who have worked to develop close links between the Dunningsbridge team and the Merseyside Disability Football Advisory Group.

As a result New Directions clients have received specialist coaching in the sport, and a Dunningsbridge team plays regularly in a local disability football league.

Commenting on this week’s tournament Karl Hughes said: “The day went very well and all the feedback I have received from players, coaches, officials and spectators has been very positive.

“We’re now hoping we can make the competition an annual event, and expand the size and scope of next year’s tournament.”