Crystal Palace’s Croydon Eagles Regain The National Football Therapy Cup in superb tournament football performance.
Over 100 young adults from clubs across England and Wales contested the 4th Lewes FC National Football Therapy Cup at The Dripping Pan yesterday, with the Croydon Eagles avenging their narrow defeat by Everton in the final last season to win the coveted trophy for the second time in three years.
The South London outfit – The official Crystal Palace FC Mental Health Football Team in association with CPFC Foundation, Palace For Life and Mind in Croydon – dominated the tournament, becoming champions having played eight games, winning seven and drawing one, scoring 37 goals without conceding a single goal.
Swale Tigers FC
Their opponents in the final, the Swale Tigers, had their best tournament ever and were in the final for the first time. The team, recent Regional Champions of the FA Peoples Cup, battled diligently, but were overwhelmed in the end in a 5-0 defeat.
The tournament was once again supported by Mental Wellbeing charity Together, Kick it Out, Fans for Diversity and the Football Supporters Federation, as well as The Sussex County FA, the Recovery Kitchen and Supreme Engraving, providers of the trophies & medals.
In the Plate Final, The Kemptown Rangers and Albion In The Community fought a thrilling 5-3 Final, with The Seagulls just narrowly edging it.
With teams from Wales, The Barclays Premier League, The EFL and the north and south of England, The Lewes FC National Football Therapy Cup is now a traditional end of season tournament for many clubs and groups from around the country.
Adam Wolecki, Community Development Manager at Lewes FC said after the presentations;
“It’s been another fantastic tournament, played in the right spirit and with a real sense of achievement on the team’s faces, regardless of how well they did. To get so much support for this event, not just from the mental well being charities and supporters groups, but from so many disability football clubs and groups from around the country, make us all here at Lewes FC very proud of what we have achieved, and I hope that we can continue to provide a fantastic day out for all those who support their teams and of course those who take part.”
He added: “Our Football Therapy programme and the tournament is something that we are all very proud of, and hope that we can continue to grow and get our message out around the region, so that no-one has to suffer in silence, and that the power of football can help everyone to re-integrate, and be inspired.”
Kevin Miller, CEO of Lewes FC said;
“On behalf of Adam, myself and all the amazing volunteers at Lewes Football Club, I’d like to thank the team at Together for their continued collaboration, Tom Taylor at Kick it Out and Anwar Uddin, Diversity Campaigns Manager at the Football Supporters Federation for their brilliant initiatives and backing, everyone at the Sussex FA, the volunteers at the Recovery Kitchen who provided free food and drinks for every participant, and Martin Worrow at Supreme Engraving, who provided a medal for everyone. Thanks also for all the teams that made the (for some) long journey to East Sussex, and we look forward to welcoming you all again next season!”
Lewes FC’s Football Therapy programme is a ‘turn up and play’ free session, available throughout the year. For more information on your nearest session contact Adam Wolecki on: 01273 470820 via email [email protected] and follow the new Lewes FC Community page; @LewesFCommunity