It’s another trophy first for Walsall College’s SLDD Sport Academy. They are West Midlands region winners of the AoC Sport PAN Disability Football tournament.
The seven-a-side team will join the boccia team at the national finals in Nottingham in April 2022.
Team member, Sam Gedney who is studying a Level 1 Certificate in Sport described what the win means to the team.
“This is so exciting for us,” said the football right-winger. “Communication has been key to our success, before and during matches. We train twice a week together and now we’re even more motivated to see what we can achieve.”
“With two teams participating in the national championships for the very first time, this is the start of a golden age for sport at the college,” said Andy Higgins, lecturer and sports coordinator/coach. “We’re delighted to show ’homegrown’ talent breaking through to a higher level and competing with the best college athletes around the country.
He added: “I would like to thank all staff involved for their support and am immensely proud of what the students have achieved.”
The West Midlands tournament was held in Stoke and saw the Walsall College team beat BMet 4-0.