Hatfield Town A team reach Watford FC Trust football festival final
PUBLISHED: 16:28 29 April 2015 | UPDATED: 17:04 29 April 2015
Hatfield Town's A team finished Championship runners-up in an Inclusive Adult Disability Football Festival hosted by Watford FC Community Sports & Education Trust in partnership with Hertfordshire FA at Westfield's Community Centre, Watford.
Over 100 adults with a range of physical and learning disabilities competed in the Subway Together 7-a-side Trophy, with the fast food chain sponsoring the day’s activities.
The tournament comprised of two brackets based on the teams’ playing experience and ability level, with eight teams taking part in the tournament in total.
Hatfield’s A team, drawn in a group with a Blueboys’ B team, Evergreen Griffins and Upfront FC, battled to the group final where they were beaten 8-7 on penalties by Griffins following a gritty goalless draw.
In the Premiership group, a closely fought final saw Hitchin Town crowned champions after a last-gasp golden goal in extra-time was the only way to separate Hitchin and their opponents St Albans City Youth.
Following the tournament, participants were given the opportunity to take in the live action from Vicarage Road as promoted Watford FC took on Birmingham City in the SkyBet Championship.
Each team played four games of football, followed by a Subway lunch and a presentation ceremony with everyone receiving a medal.
Finally, following the conclusion of the activity, the winners were presented with their trophies.
There was one final special touch to the day for the two victorious teams as they were able to parade their trophies on the Vicarage Road pitch at half-time in front of nearly 20,000 supporters.
Watford FC CSE Trust & Hertfordshire Football Association’s disability project reaches across the whole of Hertfordshire and works to support local charter standard clubs to provide sustainable opportunities for inclusive football.
The partnership currently offer provision for adult and youth, male and female, across a wide range of disabilities.
For more information on how to get involved with the projects contact Conor Craddock (disability development officer) by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01923 496356.