Regarding the recent lead story below the session on the 21st August has had to be postponed due to coach availability which is key from a health & safety point of view. Watch this space for new dates.
FOOTBALL COMING HOME FOR EAST OF SCOTLAND AMPUTEES
A Scottish charity that supports amputees has teamed up with Edinburgh Limb Loss Association to bring amputee football to the East of Scotland for the first time.
On 21 August, amputee charity Finding Your Feet will host its inaugural amputee football open training session at Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh and is inviting amputees from across Scotland to attend.
Historically, amputee Scots were required to travel more than 150 miles to play competitive football, but in February this year Finding Your Feet hooked up with SPL team Partick Thistle to pilot amputee football north of the border. The project has proved so successful that the charity is expanding its programme to introduce the sport in the East.
The charity’s move to the east has come as a response to the growing popularity of the sport which has been embraced by the amputee community since its launch in February, with players traveling from as far afield as Dundee and Dumfries & Galloway for the fortnightly training sessions in Glasgow. What’s more, through its collaboration with the Edinburgh Limb Loss Association, Heart of Midlothian F.C. has indicated that once the pilot has run, they will look to become involved in the same way as Partick Thistle.
The England Amputee Football Association currently works to set up new Amputee Football clubs across England, but until Finding Your Feet stepped in, there was no equivalent body dedicated to the sport in Scotland.
Anyone interested in getting involved in the sport is being encouraged to attend the first training session at the brand new Oriam Sports Performance Centre at Heriot-Watt University, Riccarton on Sunday 21 August at 2.30pm. The aim is for teams to be created at both junior and senior level akin to that in the West before an inaugural Amputee Football Scottish Cup will be hosted, with East versus West, later in the Autumn. The training session is open to those with either upper or lower limb amputations or limb deficiencies. The project is being backed by the Scottish Football Association.
Corinne Hutton commented: “Finding Your Feet is trying to help amputees back to all sorts of activities and football is very popular in the central belt. The pilot project with Partick Thistle has been a huge success and so taking the sport east is the next natural step to make the sport more accessible to amputees across Scotland.
“We would encourage anyone with a lower or upper limb amputation to join us at Riccarton and we look forward to hosting the first Finding Your Feet Scottish Amputee Football Cup later in the year.”
Keith Ferguson, Secretary of Edinburgh Limb Loss Association, commented: “Having been to the sessions in Glasgow I am really excited about taking part myself and supporting the project to establish a team in the East of Scotland. As well as amputees from Edinburgh and the surrouding areas I hope we can encourage those who live in Fife, North of the Tay and the Lothians to come along.”
Anyone with a lower or upper limb amputation or limb loss is welcome to join in the open training session at Oriam, Scotland’s Sports Performance Centre, Heriot-Watt University, Riccarton, Edinburgh, EH14 4ASon Sunday 21 August 2016 at 2.30 – 4.30pm. All ages welcome.