Wolves Disability game is back for Chelsea

Wolves Disability game is back for Chelsea Image

The half-time game involving players from Wolves Disability FC has become one of the highlights of Wolves Foundation’s annual focus fixture – and it’s back again for the visit of Chelsea.

Ever since the adult team were first given the chance to showcase their skills at the game with Cardiff in early 2019, fans have loved watching the talent and enthusiasm of the players, seen again at the first team fixtures with Aston Villa (under-16s) and Norwich (adult team).

This Saturday it is back to Wolves under-16s who will be taking on their counterparts from Chelsea Foundation’s Disability Inclusion Programme.

“It is always such a great experience for our players and we are really grateful to Wolves and the Foundation for giving us another chance to play on the pitch, and for Chelsea for bringing their team up,” said Gavin Jones, the Foundation’s inclusion lead.

“We know how much the fans have enjoyed the previous games and, for the players and their families, it is something they will never, ever forget.

“It gives us the chance to showcase what we do especially as the players always love the buzz of wearing that Wolves shirt, and even more so in front of fans at Molineux.

“It has been quite a tough season for the under-16s as they have lost some players to the adult team, and have had to re-adjust with younger players stepping up.

“It has been a transitional season in many ways but, as it has gone on, they have really progressed and started working well together.

“Hopefully they will get out there on Saturday and really enjoy the opportunity to show everyone what they can do.”

Wolves Disability play their football in the Staffordshire Ability Counts League and run eight teams in total, three at adult level, three at under-16s and two at under-12s.

They have been particularly successful over the last couple of seasons, and one of the adult teams recently clinched the Championship title.

Regular fixtures are played at English football’s training headquarters at St George’s Park and, above all else, the training and matches offer fantastic opportunities for the respective squads to enjoy their football.

“Having that structure in the week and something to look forward to is massive for the players,” adds Jones.

“As well as the training and matches the social side is really important for the players to meet up with friends and also new-found friends from playing football with us at the Foundation.”

We all look forward to seeing the Wolves and Chelsea teams in action at half time on Saturday – please get behind them and help create another fantastic atmosphere.

"Of course it’s so important to give back to the community and Wolverhampton as a whole. It's great to be here and to show our support."

Maximilian Kilman | Wolves Captain and Foundation Ambassador

"As a lifelong Wolves fan, to represent the Club and Foundation is something I'll cherish forever."

Daz James | Wolves Disability FC

"Without Wolves Foundation I wouldn't be here today, that's for certain."

John Martin | Head 4 Health participant

"It is amazing to be out there meeting people and having some fun. It is really important for Wolves to have this connection with the fans and to see the happiness in their faces."

Toti Gomes | Wolves Defender

"Savannah absolutely loves the group. The staff are committed to making every single session fun and welcoming."

Natasha | Healthy Goals parent

"It’s special because it's my club and I’m so proud to be from Wolves as well. I can see the projects and all the work Wolves Foundation are doing and I know it makes such an impact, so to even be a little part of that and to help out where I can – it's so exciting."

Amber Sandhu | Broadcaster and Foundation Ambassador

"It’s huge for the school, I can’t speak highly enough of Wolves Foundation and the opportunities that they give us."

Mr Robinson | Woodsetton School

“I think all football clubs should be the beating heart of their communities and Wolves, through the Foundation, manages to do that."

Johnny Phillips | Sky Sports Presenter and Foundation Ambassador

"We get loads of different opportunities with a Premier League club. I feel really privileged to be a part of it."

Mustafa | Football & Education College Academy student

"Frank has Alzheimer’s Disease and when he was first diagnosed we felt lost and alone. Attending Molineux Memories is a lifeline for both of us; it is run by friendly, committed staff who ensure that everyone is included and enjoys themselves."

Frank and Alison | Molineux Memories

"To come here and be hands on with the kids is unreal. Working with Wolves and the Foundation is a blessing and I'm honoured. It feels surreal sometimes but it's the best feeling."

S-X | Music Producer and Foundation Ambassador

"It's good to give back what you got. Football and the Wolves Foundation help me, so I like to help the community."

Taye | Premier League Kicks

"Wolves is a fantastic football club, and they’re excelling off the pitch as well with all the brilliant community work that the Foundation does. The passion of the coaches and the opportunities to play are amazing."

Jack Rutter | Former Great Britain Paralympian and Foundation Ambassador

"Wolves has definitely helped my personal development, but now also helps me to develop people I work with. I wouldn’t be where I am today without the opportunities Wolves Foundation have given me."

Carl Ackasovs | Wolves Foundation

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