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Newark Town Football Club's pan-disability coach is searching for players to join his team

A pan-disability football coach is calling for players to join his team.

Coach Thomas Carpenter said he was looking for more players to join Newark Town’s team, which is accessible to all people with any kind of disability.

“We have been running for about a year,” said Carpenter.

Newark Town Football Club crest. (25750422)
Newark Town Football Club crest. (25750422)

“We have about 15 to 20 adult players and we run across two age groups, under-16s and over-16s.”

Rather than playing in a weekly league, the teams plays in football festivals.

“They are essentially tournaments, mostly in Nottingham about once a month,” said Carpenter.

“They are fairly big and well-attended. When a goal is scored they celebrate like they have just the won the World Cup.”

With success in participation in the over-16s side, Carpenter hoped to create another team for under-12 players to increase the competitiveness in matches, as the gap from under-16 to over-16s would sometimes see players as young as eight or nine playing against 15-year-old’s.

Charlie Twiner, 18, of Newark, was a star player for the over-16s side and came second in the pan-disabilities footballer of the season last year. He also helped coach the under-16 team.

“He is really patient for his age, and for an 18-year-old to do what he does is very brave and courages, for me,” said Carpenter.

“He has done very well to say he is coaching with a lot of communication barriers.”

The team usually trains on Tuesday evenings at the YMCA Activity Village.

For more information on signing on contact Carpenter on 07943164104

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