We are delighted to announce that Abbeycroft Leisure has renewed its funding for Haverhill Community Sports Association [HCSA] to continue delivering disability football sessions at Churchill School in Haverhill. 

This funding has allowed HCSA to provide football opportunities to children through their school’s enrichment timetable and encourages children to get active, have fun and make new friends.

Students of Churchill School participating in their football session with Football Development Officer Lois Balfour | Photograph: Edward Newall

Churchill School is part of the Unity Schools Partnership, which provides a unique environment for students aged between 8 and 18 who are of average or above average cognitive ability, usually with a diagnosis of language and communication difficulties and high-functioning autism.

Over the last 18 months, participation within the football provision has doubled in size and is delighted to have encouraged more girls onto the programme. 

Churchill School also received their first school team football kit earlier this year, donated by the newly founded charity, The New Croft Foundation. 

Lois Balfour, HCSA’s Football Development Officer and deliver of the programme, said: “This funding support from Abbeycroft has been vitally important to enable us to continue our SEN provision. The activities we deliver provide these children with structure and enjoyment within their week.”

“We have some exciting developments on the horizon where we will be looking to expand our current provision and look forward to working with simpler likeminded companies like Abbeycroft when we continue to enhance opportunities for the SEN provision.”