Last night at Bog Hall in Sion Mills, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland’s Sion Swifts held their inaugural Football for All night. The event was for children aged seven and older with intellectual and physical disabilities.
The event was run in conjunction with the Irish Football Association, and attended by thirteen young and budding football players. Many of them were actively looking forward to the night and their opportunity to play. They came away from it really happy and excited. The football sessions are scheduled to continue on a weekly basis at the same time in the same location.
Along with Ireland, Northern Ireland is one of the European hotbeds of developing disability football players. Northern Ireland has teams compete at European 7-a-side football championships. Northern Irish players have represented Great Britain as members of the national amputee football team. Both countries are working on developing blind football programs so they can compete internationally. Powerchair football continues to grow in popularity.