A second football team from South Tyneside has Wembley in its sights after winning a place in a football final.
South Tyneside Ability FC has gained a place in the final of the Football Association’s People’s Cup after a victory in the semi-final of the tournament in Manchester.
South Shields Football Club are already in the final of the FA vase and, if Ability FC, win the final of their competition in Sheffield, the players will be heading to the national stadium on FA Cup final day to collect the trophy on the pitch.
The Hebburn-based side has 100 members, each of whom have a disability, with ages ranging up to 47.
Teams are banded together by similar skills and abilities to ensure games are fair.
The club trains at the Hide club house at Keelman’s Way School, South Shields.
This will give all those involved the knowledge that anything is possible, regardless of your ability.Justin Laidler
Chairman Justin Laidler has the tough job of picking the final line up for the big day.
Justin said: “Most of the teams that play in the tournaments are attached to professional football clubs, which offer fantastic finances and support.
“Yet our small club that is well established is making great progress in disability football circles, even though here in the North East we have a very low profile.
“We want to promote this amazing achievement and hopefully get more children and adults with disabilities into football.”
He added: “This will give all those involved the knowledge that anything is possible, regardless of your ability.”
The games played by the sides are 15 minutes long and players have a series of disabilities such as autism, learning difficulties and dyspraxia.
The final series of games will be held on Saturday, April 30, and Sunday, May 1.
The club has thanked sponsors Central Taxis in Gateshead, Thanks a Bunch florist, Clean It UK and Village Photography.
More details can be found about the club via South Tyneside Ability FC’s Facebook page.