The Ryman Football League
Published 2nd May 2012
.....the Ryman League Premier Division club’s ground-breaking disability work.
The Summers Lane club are now in their 4th year of a successful link up with Barnet Mencap, providing regular coaching sessions at the ground for adults with learning disabilities. This has enabled the club to enter three teams in the Camden Step League under the Wingate & Finchley name.
On Saturday, in recognition of The Blues' ongoing commitment to provide sporting opportunities to all, McDonald's presented a new kit and training equipment to the club’s disability teams. McDonald’s Franchisee, Atul Pathak said: “Wingate and Finchley FC have a fantastic disability set up, which I am very proud to support. Grassroots football is the lifeblood of the game, so I am delighted these kits will help to widen participation in the local community.”
The delighted players will be sporting the new kit in the final game of the Step League season on Sunday 13th May. Wingate & Finchley FC would like to go on record as thanking Atul Pathak and Stephen Carpenter of McDonald's, and local MP Mike Freer, who was instrumental in arranging the sponsorship.
This season has also seen Wingate & Finchley form a new partnership with the Down Syndrome Association (DSA) as part of the charity’s DSActive programme. The partnership provides regular coaching sessions at the ground with further development planned for later in the year. Club Community Development Manager Mike Bayly advised: “The kit presentation is a fitting end to another highly successful season. It is also testament to the volunteers who give up their time because they believe local accessible football has an important part to play in people’s lives”