Rushden Stars Juniors Under 16′s clinched the league title for the second year running on Saturday, winning four and drawing one on the final day of the league season left them 14 points clear of Wellingborough OG’s at the top of Northamptonshire Ability Counts Football League. You can see more details of their feat here along with the tale of how the open age team finished in the runners-up spot in their league.

Parent helper Simon Barrett gave an insight into how things are progressing with the disability programme.

“Our disability programme has continued to grow and we have to 2 full squads with age groups arranging from the ages of 10 into adults and we are leading the way in developing disability football throughout the county.

“We defended our league title for 2014-2015 within our under 16 year and we’ve all seen so much passion within the league and great improvement within all teams and enjoyed our final festival on 6th June from which we carried away the league title for the 2nd year running.

“We have seen lots of home grown talent within new and existing players develop and move into centres of Excellence which has an excellent record of progressing players into national teams.

“There lots of opportunities for any age and ability to join in, either recreationally, through a League or via the Just Play initiative.

“Our Disability League has gone from strength to strength from its creation back in 2012.  With its own independent committee the league has grown into 3 age brackets through to adult.  The league runs separate Junior and Adult divisions with lots of tournaments throughout the year.”

You can read more of Simon’s thoughts here, as well as see the details of the forthcoming Summer Tournaments on the dedicated website for the AFC Rushden & Diamonds Community Section.

Don’t forget that ten of the volunteers, coaches and parents from the AFC Rushden & Diamonds Community section are taking part in the Wolf Run this weekend, which involves 10km of wild cross country running, sliding and wading through muddy terrain and woodlands. You can see details of that challenge, and how to sponsor them here.

 
 
 

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