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Northern Ireland’s Sion Swifts launch Football For All Club program

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SION SWIFTS FC "FOOTBALL FOR ALL" Really looking forward to starting our football for kids with a learning and/or physical disability tomorrow, Monday, evening at the Bog Hall from 6.30pm until 7.30pm.

Sion Swifts advert for the their Football for All program. Image credit: Sion Swifts

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.

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2569 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees. She has a PhD in Communications from the University of Canberra.

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