Football Teams in Nantwich to Compete for Inaugural Disability Cup

Article: Jonathan White

Nantwich Town Disability Football (NTDF) are hosting a PAN disability football tournament on the Applewood Arena 3G astroturf pitch at Nantwich Town Football Club on Saturday 13th August 2022 (kick-off 12:30pm).

Applewood Arena 3G astroturf pitch (left) and the adjacent Swansway Stadium (photograph: Jonathan White)

The tournament will showcase local disability football and will be followed by an exhibition game of visually impaired players versus sighted players. 

The ten teams in the tournament: four teams from Nantwich (two PAN-disability teams and two visually-impaired teams) and six teams that have been invited by the organisers to provide a wide representation of disability football. 

Trophies for the winners

The winning team will receive winners trophies and the title of NTDF/Direct Access Disability Cup champions, the runners-up will receive trophies for finishing in second place. There will be a player of the tournament trophy. There are medals for the winners and runners up of a ‘plate final’ for the two teams that finish bottom of the groups.

During the exhibition game the sighted players will play the first half with no limitations against the visually impaired players, but in the second half, they will wear simulation spectacles that give the wearer a visual impairment, so they can see what it is like to play as a visually impaired player. 

A special guest will be Nantwich celebrity resident and TV’s ‘queen of clean’ Kim Woodburn, who has kindly agreed to attend the event.

Everyone is welcome to come and watch this free event.

NTDF run three different teams at Nantwich Town Football Club: Nantwich Town Cubs, Nantwich Town PAN, and Nantwich Town Wolves. 

  • Nantwich Town Cubs (under 16’s) have their coaching session every Sunday (4-5pm). The session is aimed at under 16s male or female with any form of physical or mental disability. The aim is to create a fun environment for all and to nurture the children’s abilities to feed into the adult session when they turn 16.
  • Nantwich Town PAN (adult pan-disability team) have their coaching session every Friday (7-8pm). The session is aimed at any person male or female aged 16 or over, who has any form of disability physical or mental. The session is for any level of footballing ability and are for those who want to improve their footballing skills and want to compete in an Ability Counts Football League.
  • Nantwich Town Wolves (visually impaired) meet every Friday (7-8pm). This is a visually impaired specific team that plays in the national Partially Sighted Football League and are a competitive team with players of mixed abilities. They welcome any players male or female over the age of 16 with a registered eye condition.

The three teams are sponsored by local disability company Direct Access and feature a wide range of disabilities including autism, visual impairments, heart conditions, PTSD, anxiety and depression.

Craig Acton, Nantwich Town Disability Football, said: “I am looking forward to playing in the showcase tournament and helping show people how far disability football has come at Nantwich Town over the last few years. We also aim to show that having a disability doesn’t mean a lack of ability. We look forward to seeing as many spectators as possible and look forward to giving an education in the exhibition match after the tournament.”

For further information relating to Nantwich Town Disability Football, please phone Craig Acton: 07791214269, email: nantwichtownwolvesvifc@gmail.com , or visit: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NantwichTownDisabilityFootball or Twitter: https://twitter.com/NantwichTownDF