The founder of Calmer Football Club admits she never anticipated the team to be so popular.
Donna Swan founded Calmer Therapy in 2015 as a support service for children with additional needs and disabilities and was soon asked if they could put on football sessions.
Since then, Calmer FC has evolved into two teams with over 40 players of all abilities and ages up to 17 years old. The club are now participating in the Chronicle’s Kits for Kids campaign powered by Utilita Energy, and Swan says football has become a big part of the children’s lives.
She said: “A group of young people asked if we could start football sessions, we always try to lead our services on what our young members want. The sessions became very popular, very quickly and before we knew it we had over 40 players and two teams.
“I love volunteering at football, it is something I have never even thought of doing, but seeing how much our players enjoy it and how much they’ve all come on, makes it all worthwhile.
Utilita understands the importance and value of Britain’s number one sport. As the UK’s leading Smart Pay as You Go Energy provider, Utilita works alongside the grassroots community to support and encourage participation and find ways to save money on energy bills to put funding back into the beautiful game.
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“This competition will help raise our profile, and I hope encourage more children and young people with disabilities into football. It will also give our players a boost, the majority of our players have never been part of a football team before.
“There are not many disability teams in our area and it is so important to them to feel included and part of a team, I strongly believe this competition will help them feel proud of being in a team. I love seeing how much confidence our players gain each week, and how they encourage and help each other. I also love seeing how much parents get involved and support each other, and how much support we receive from the community."
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