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News - Press Release - June 2010

Learning disabilities team through to national finals Learning disabilities team through to national finals 

 14 June 2010 WITH World Cup fever at an all-time high, a learning disabilities team from Colchester has won its way through to a national final to be held in London on Saturday (June 19).

The team, one of seven run by NHS North East Essex for adults with learning disabilities and mental health issues, won the Eastern Region Ability Counts Championship League in Cambridge. It will now compete against teams from across the country at the London Soccerdrome – formerly the David Beckham Academy.

Another of the seven teams narrowly missed out on winning their own World Cup in a tournament held at the Community Sports Ground in Boadicea Way on the 10th June 2010. The tournament, organised by NHS North East Essex in conjunction with the Colchester United Community Sports Trust, aimed to promote social inclusion, physical exercise and mental well-being.

A football group for people with learning disabilities was first set up about four years ago by occupational therapist, Carolyn Rogers, and colleague, Mo Seeraullee, a community nurse who ran it in their free time until NHS North East Essex granted funding for the project.

 Mo said: “The project has gone from strength to strength and we now have seven teams, including a ladies team. We’re very proud of all their achievements and we’re particularly delighted that one of our teams has reached the national finals in London.

“Apart from the pleasure people gain from taking part in the football, we’ve seen improvements in self-esteem, communications skills, general health and mental well-being among clients taking part in the project.” For more information on the Healthy 4 Life football project contact Carolyn Rogers on 07786660998 or Mo Seeraullee on 07766253757.