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PAN Football Insight

16 January 2017

Disability Awareness Week concludes with a PAN Football Tournament

Shrewsbury Town in the Community’s Disability Awareness Week concluded with a PAN Tournament and half time appearance at Greenhous Meadow on Saturday.

The freezing cold weather wasn’t enough to stop an exciting morning for our participants, who represented Town as they took on Bradford and Aston Villa after being invited to take part by Shrewsbury Town in The Community.

All teams battled bravely in the cold as Villa emerged as victors, and were presented the trophy by Town’s Jack Grimmer.

It capped off an action packed week for our PAN players, who had already had received a special visit on Tuesday night.

In a number of player visits throughout the week, defender Dom Smith was next to get involved in our disability programmes, when he came down to our PAN Football session.

Our PAN Football runs every Tuesday from 5-6pm at Shrewsbury Sports Village and allows those with differing impairments to come together and play the sport they love.

Dom is something of a regular at our community programmes, and looks to get involved as much as he can.

He has already come along to some of our school visits and Christmas parties, and loved getting involved in the shooting practice and match at the end of the session!

Everyone was delighted with Dom’s appearance, after being very excited about his visit!

Health and Inclusion Officer Amy Edwards said that she could see the impact Dom had on the children, and was pleased at how much they enjoyed the session.

“The team were so excited he was attending, before he arrived they kept asking if he was coming and when he walked through the door all their eyes lit up.

“Dom made the session by joining in, really getting to know the team and sharing his football knowledge.”

Things got even better for our PAN players and the rest of those involved in our disability programmes, when they got to support Town as they hosted Bradford at Greenhous Meadow.

At half time they had the chance to take to the field and soak in the atmosphere, take part in a penalty shoot-out and small sided games.

It brought an end to a great week for everyone involved, as we showed that every player counts!

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