Football festival for children with disabilities

Around 80 young disabled players from eight different schools have gathered at the Sands Centre in Carlisle for the James Rennie Football Challenge.

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Children with disabilities take on annual football festival

80 children with learning and physical disabilities from across Cumbria have been taking part in an annual football tournament.

The James Rennie challenge attracts 11 to 18-year olds from both specialist and mainstream schools.

The aim of the competition is to encourage more children to take part in sport, as Katie Hunter reports:

If you or someone you know is interested in finding disabled sports teams or facilities near you, you can visit British Paralympic Team's official website or go straight to their Find a Page section.

Children with different abilities take on football challenge

About 80 young children from across Cumbria have been taking part in the annual James Rennie Football Challenge.

The tournament is for children with a range of learning and physical disabilities.

"The James Rennie Football Challenge is a fantastic event for both special and mainstream schools to get involved in and playing opportunities for both high ability and lower ability players has been a great success over the past year."

– Jess Lawson, Football Development Officer

Players from Carlisle United were also there to meet the children and give them tip on how to improve their game.

"I remember being at school when I was younger and I loved seeing a professional player and thinking 'wow that's something I want do' and it's the same for any kids when they're younger. They're enjoying seeing us and it's great to see what they're up to and there are some tackles flying about so that's good."

– Mike Edwards, defender, Carlisle United

If you or someone you know is interested in finding disabled sports teams or facilities near you, you can visit British Paralympic Team's official website or go straight to their Find a Page section.

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Children with disabilities play in football festival

Carlisle utd payer Chris Chantler with children from William Howard School at James Rennie Football tournament Credit: ITV News Border

Schools from across the county have gathered at the Sands Centre in Carlisle for the James Rennie Football Challenge.

Around 80 young disabled players from eight different schools are taking part in the football festival, run as part of Carlisle United's Pan-Disability Football Programme.

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