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News - Your NHS Your Say 12/August/11

Learning disabilities football project wins FA accolade

12 August 2011 A PROJECT run by Anglian Community Enterprise (ACE) to provide adults with learning disabilities the opportunity to play football has been awarded Charter Standard status by the Football Association.

 The Healthy 4 Life project, funded by NHS North East Essex, has blossomed since first being set up four years ago by occupational therapist, Carolyn Rogers, and community nurse, Mo Seeraullee. It now has groups in Colchester, Clacton and Witham. 

The Charter Standard is a best practice guide which sets standards of coaching, administration and child protection for all clubs outside the Football league and Premier League. As a benchmark for quality, it is designed to improve the playing experience for all concerned. 

Carolyn Rogers from ACE said: “We are very pleased to have gained this status which is evidence of our commitment to enabling people with a learning disability to play football.”

 The Healthy 4 Life team has won the Eastern Region Ability Counts Championship league in 2011 for the second year while the Clacton A team has won the Essex Soccability Championship league.