Dribble to Wembley

Congratulations to Leicester City Woodgate Inclusive F.C., Players, Coaches and Volunteers who took part in our Fundraising ‘Sponsored Dribble the Ball to Wembley’. The event saw everyone covering the 100 miles dribbling a football across half the pitch at St. Margarets Pastures Sports Centre, we covered the miles over 2 training sessions and had to make sure we dribbled the ball 2795 times!! Wow! everyone did a great job, we now have to continue to get our sponsor money in to help us to raise the money for playing kits for our 11 small sided teams.  Well Done Everyone who took part and Thank-you to all those people that have sponsored us so far. For more information on how you can support our Inclusive Football Teams email: Mary: inclusive@lclfc.co.uk

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Home of the FA Inclusive Football Festiv

Leicester City Woodgate Inclusive Teams had a great day at the Home of The English F.A. and England Football Squads – St. George’s Park. The Festival was held on the David Beckham Pitch, with a Euro 2016 theme which saw LC Woodgate Teams, Juniors, Ladies & 4 Adult Males Teams competing in 5 a side competitions as Slovakia. The Juniors played some great football and were unlucky not to get through to the final, a young squad played very well indeed under the wacthful eye of Coach Paul Gibson supported by Jamie Hereworh. The Ladies Squad played against Aylestone Park, Northampton Town F.C. and a Guest Team representing Leicestershire F.A. who had come along to support the Inclusive Football Event, so a great day was had by all. LCW Ladies lost 1-0 in the final but had a great day overall, baggnig a few cracking goals after some great team play and some fabulous goalkeeping that kept the Ladies in the games by Nand.
LCW Adult male team in the Premiership games came up against tough opposition once again from and missed out on a place in the final but played some excellent football throughout. Nico Miller and Mick Pinney were pleased with the teams performances.
Dave Codd was in charge of the LCW Championship Team who had a tough day, again players fought hard and played some positive football. Beth Valkai was in charge of the 2 LCW Teams in the League Division, again great effort shown by all players, with one of our teams reaching the final, which was a closely fought game finishing 1-1 after full time, but then came the best of 3 penalty contest, which saw LCW Goalkeeper Joe Quinn making 2 great saves and players, Shane Whitmore & Jack Marson scoring their penalties, giving our LCW League Team a very well deserved victory and players singing a rendition of Championees!!
Another great day of Inclusive Football, this time at the home of England!! great to be at St. George’s Park.
Massive thanks to all players, parents and volunteers.
‪#‎Love‬ Football, Love Leicester City Woodgate Inclusive F.C.

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Inclusive Presentation Event

Leicester City Woodgate Inclusive F.C. held their Presentation  Event on 14th July. The Club would firstly like to ‘Thank’ each and every player from our Juniors, Youth and Adult Male and Female Teams for being part of our Club this season.We have had a busy season of football and a successful season with some great competitions and player development. Also Thanks to every volunteer who has helped us this season, we could not run without the time and effort everyone puts in!
Junior & Youth Team players all received a trophy for playing some great football and working as a team during the season. Luke Wardle who has played for LCW for 6 years and also helped out with coaching over the last couple of seasons, decided to leave the Club to concentrate on his studies, Luke has been a brilliant player and assistant coach and we wish him well for future. Luke was presented with a certificate and trophy. Archie Gethins who has coached the teams with Paul Gibson over the last 2 seasons  was also recognised for his volunteer coaching on behalf of LCW.
Trophies were presented:

Blue Division:
Players Player – Ashley Pinney
Managers Players Shaun Harris & Shaun Bundhoo
Ladies Teams:
Players Player Rachel Tasker
Managers Player Kerry Litchfield
Red Division:
Players Player Carl Harris
Managers Players Richard Reid, David Hus & Umer Pardesi
Most Improved Player Jason Pike
Once again a massive Thank-you to All our Players, Managers, Coaches, General Volunteers, Parents and carers for their support. LCW Partially Sighted Team will be holding their Presentation in a couple of weeks time. Respect for All.

Here’s to a great 2016-17 season.

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Inclusive County Cup at Holmes Park

Holmes Park hosted the Leicestershire & Rutland Inclusive County Cup for All our Inclusive Clubs on Saturday June 11th. Philippa Bass the LRCFA Disability Football Development Officer coordinated the days event with a team of referees officiating over the competition.
There was a great turnout on the day with 28 teams taking part In County Cup Competitions for Juniors U13’s / Youth U16’s and Ladies and for Adult Male teams in the Premiership/Championship & League Divisions, we had 10 teams taking part on the day!
It was great to see Beaumont Town who came along to the Inclusive Event for the first time, they have worked hard in a short period of time to get a team together, which was great.
Leicester City Woodgates’ 2 Premiership Teams had another tough day of competition and came close to getting a place in the final, but Aylestone Park FC won the Final winning Dynamo’s in a closely fought contest.
Leicester City Woodgate had 3 teams competing in the Championship, with Beth Valkai overseeing the teams on the day. LCW Orange team just missed out on a place in the final with the goals against rule, so were disappointed, but LCW Green Team won through to the final where they played AFC Barwell, who won narrowly by 1-0, but it was a cracking game.
LCW’s 2 League Division Teams were managed by Dave Codd & Mark Peter James on the day and played some great football throughout. Mark’s Team got through to the Final, but again just lost 1-0 to Ibstock United, who had borrowed our Goalkeeper Paul Thornton,who proved very difficult to beat! so Paul won a medal with Ibstock Utd.
LCW’s 2 Youth players on the day Shane and Tyler, guested for Aylestone Park FC who won in the Final, so a good day for them too.
LCW’s Junior Team ran by Paul Gibson and supported by Jamie Hereworth again won through to the final where they just lost out to Beaumont Town, but played some fantastic football.
LCW Ladies Team, Ibstock Ud, Aylestone Park & Northampton Town played in a friendly competition on the day and again we saw some great team play from our Ladies, who worked tremendously hard, LCW won the penalty competition for the Ladies Event, so they were well chuffed with that!

Once again, a great day of football for All our Inclusive Teams and ‘Many Many Thanks’ to All our very hardworking players for their great play, effort and Respect on the day and of course ‘Thanks’ to our supporters, parents and brilliant volunteers!!

Want to ‘Get Involved’ as a player, coach or volunteer, then contact Mary Rudkin: Email: inclusive@lclfc.co.uk Tel: 07752 746229
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Inclusive win Respect Award at Ibstock Utd

Saturday 30th May, saw our Adults teams compete in’ 6′ a side games over at Ibstock Utd where all teams always get a friendly welcome and a free burger! which we all look forward to.
We had 6 adult teams taking part over 2 divisions and all teams had another very competitive day in the League Matches, with some wins, some draws and the odd games lost over the day of football. Leicester City Woodgate team managed by Dave Codd won the Respect Award for their Division(A football)  which they were absolutely chuffed about, Dave presented this to Ridwan Patel who was Player of the day for the Team after scoring a cracking goal!!…well done to everyone!!
The main aim of the day was to make sure everyone enjoyed the Inclusive League Event held by Ibstock, which we all did, so a great result there!!
Thanks to All volunteers from Ibstock Utd, who worked hard to host the event and once again a massive Thank-you to All our very own Leicester City Woodgate Volunteers who supported teams on the day.
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Partially Sighted Futsal

Manjit Takhar leads the way for Partially Sighted Futsal for Leicester City Woodgate Inclusive F.C. Manjit has worked very hard with a variety of groups and agencies during this season to identify and recruit potential new players to develop a specific Partially Sighted Team, several new players have been identified, but often they have been unable to commit to attend the Futsal sessions and then travel to the West Midlands once a month to compete in the National Partially Sighted Futsal League.
Manjit and Nick Bramley, a key player and goal keeping coach at Leicester City Woodgate, are so keen to play in the Partially Sighted League, that for the last 2 seasons, they have joined the Winsford Wolves Partially Sighted Team who play in the National League. Both players play a key role within the team and were influential in the team finishing runners up in the League this season, narrowly missing out on on the top spot. At the League Presentation Event held at Swindon FC, Manjit and Nick were both nominated for Players, Player of the Season for the League. Nick Bramley was very proudly announced the overall winner and presented with the League Players Player of the Season Award and was absolutely delighted. Both Players have worked tremendously hard during the season and showed great commitment travelling to games on a monthly basis as well as playing for Leicester City Woodgate in our league Fixtures programme.

If you are partially sighted, or indeed you know someone who is, who would like to get involved, in-particularly we are looking to recruit male players 15years of age and over to develop an Adults team to play in the National League, but players from 6 years old up to and including adults, males and females are invited to come along and join in with one of our different sessions. To find out more about Leicester City Woodgate Partially Sighted Team & Pan Disability Teams, please contact:
Manjit Takhar 07772213946 Email: partiallysighted@lclfc.co.uk
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Inclusive at the Home of the Premier League Champions

Monday May the 9th was a fantastic day of Inclusive Football at the King Power Stadium. Philippa Bass at the Leicestershire & Rutland County F.A. invited Special Educational Needs Schools and Groups of players to attend a football festival in the morning and the afternoon saw over 150 Adult players taking part in a 6 a side Inclusive Football Festival. Leicester City Woodgate joined in the games with around 50 of our Adult players  in attendance. Our teams really enjoyed playing some new opposition from QPR & West Brom alongside their regular opponents, Northampton Town and Teams from Leicestershire.
Kevin Friend, FA Premier League referee was in attendance to ensure all players adhered to the Laws of the Game, showing only a couple of Red Cards throughout the day (in fun I am pleased to say!).
Leicester City Legends Emily Heskey and Snooker World champion Mark Selby  were also on hand to watch the players showing off their skills and having the odd photo or 2! before helping to present medals to every player that was in attendance.
It was another fantastic football event in our Inclusive Calendar for this season, can’t get much better than being allowed to play at the King Power, not long after LCFC were crowned Championees!! an Honour for all the players and volunteers that attended. Many Thanks go out to Philippa Bass and the team at the LRCFA for organising matches for around 300 players on the day.
Leicester City Woodgate Teams Ladies and Men had a great day and really enjoyed their football, great to seeing so many players enjoying themselves in a fun and friendly environment.
Leicester City Woodgate is always looking for new players to join our Inclusive Football for players with additional needs or a disability, players from 6-16 for our Juniors & Youth and players from 16 years plus to join our Adults section, both males and females are invited to come along and be a Club member.
For more information, contact Mary Rudkin 07752 746229 Email: inclusive@lclfc.co.uk
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Inclusive League

Leicester City Woodgate Inclusive teams, 6 Adults, 1 Female, Junior & Youth all turned out for the League Fixtures at Meadow Sports Ground, Oadby & Wigston Inclusive FC on Saturday 30th April.  25 teams were represented at the Inclusive League Fixture with our Leicester City Woodgate Teams facing strong opposition on the day. The Ladies Inclusive played friendly games with the support of Oadby & Wigston Ladies & Quorn Ladies, which the Ladies from Leicester City Woodgate & Aylestone Park FC enjoyed very much, it was a great experience all round.

Player of the Day Trophy’s were awarded to: Megan in the Juniors,Shane in the Youth , Verity won the Ladies Award for LCW and in our Blue Division Teams, Steven, Iain, Joe,  & Red Division Teams, Stephen, Brendan & Henri. A very well done to All the players not only those that won the awards, everyone played great.
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Inclusive March and April Update

Leicester City Woodgate Inclusive teams have been busy with football events in March and April with the Leicestershire & Rutland Inclusive Football League Fixtures taking place.
5th March saw our 6 Male Adult teams competing in the Blue & Red League Divisions at the LCFC Indoor Dome with our Ladies Team playing too against other local players. It was a tough day of football for the players, with some good performances on show, players had to show their team spirit in tough matches.
12th March Ladies Football event at Ellesemere College, great fun was had by all the Girls, with players from Leicester City Woodgate, Aylestone Park & Ibstock Utd taking part in fitness and fun with the Leicester City Football in the Community Coaching Staff.
19th March at the LCFC Dome saw the Trophy Parlour Cup for Junior & Youth Teams taking place. Excellent football was on display by teams competing from AFC Barwell, Oadby & Wigston, Aylestone Park, Birstall Utd, Ibstock Utd. Winners of the Trophy Parlour Youth Cup was Aylestone Park FC and AFC Barwell were winners in the Trophy Parlour Junior Cup. Well done to All players that took part and once again Thanks to the Trophy Parlour who supplied the Cups and Medals for players on the day.
AFC Andrews Facility at Aylestone Recreation Ground was the venue for the Junior & Youth Event on 9th April. Although short on teams for this event the 7 teams that took part on the day showed some terrific football applauded by referee Megan Selby. Juniors had great fun, showing off their skill and team work and finished off with a penalty shoot- out. Youth teams competed well showing some excellent passing, movement, finishing and goalkeeping. Well done to All Leicester City Woodgate players and volunteers.
16th April Aylestone Park Football Club hosted the Adults Male & Female Fixtures Programme. Leicester City Woodgate had 7 Male Teams and 1 Female team competing, so a great turn out from all the players. Competition was high and teams fought hard, with Red Division teams, earning Respect for their hard work and endeavour on the day. Blue Division players showed good teamwork on the day too.
20th April saw the Inclusive Midweek Football league ran by Philippa Bass at the LRCFA taking place at the Riverside Stadium, Ellesmere College facility, on a beautiful sunny morning!! Male adult teams from Achieve with Us, Northampton Town, Gateway & Ellesmere College & Leicester City Woodgate competed over 2 divisions. The Leicestershire Ladies played against Northampton Town and Leicestershire Ladies won the Trophy on the day! The Ladies also helped out with the walking football teams from Voluntary Action & Gateway College.
The above events are not possible without committed volunteers so a massive Thank-you goes out to All our volunteers at Leicester City Woodgate:
Junior & Youth Team volunteers Paul Gibson, Archie Gethins and Luke Wardle.
Adults & Ladies team Volunteers Mick Pinney, Martin Oswin, Nicco Miller, Helen Rudkin, Beth Valkai, Manjit Takhar, Dave Codd, Mark James, Nick Bramley, Paul & Mary Rudkin
If you know anyone with a special need/disability/mental health issue, who would love to become involved in our Inclusive Football we run regular football sessions and take part in matches throughout the season, for players aged 6 up to seniors, not forgetting too, we are recruiting players for our partially Sighted Team too, so if you are interested or know someone is then please contact: Mary Rudkin: inclusive@lclfc.co.uk
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Inclusive teams play host to Bradford Disability Football Club.
The February Inclusive League Event for Leicester City Woodgate Junior & Youth Teams held at the Leicester City F.C. Indoor Dome on the 13th February, was a fantastic afternoon of football enhanced by the visit of Bradford Disability F.C. Brafdford DFC ‘s players, coaches and parents stayed over in Leicester on the Friday night, opposite the home of Leicester City F.C. and thoroughly enjoyed their photo shoot outside the amazing King Power Stadium. On Saturday morning they visited the famous Space Centre and then it was off to football at the Indoor Dome at Leicester City’s training ground. Bradford DFC entered 4 teams in our Youth and Junior Divisions and had a busy afternoon of football.
Paul Gibson, Leicester City Woodgates’ Junior & Youth Section Manager said “It was a fantastic event and great to play against Bradford DFC, the Leicester City Woodgate teams played some brilliant football and I am very proud of all the players for the way they conducted themselves on the day and of course everyone had great fun playing football”.
Do you know someone who fits into the above groups and would love to become involved as a player or a volunteer.
Then please contact: Mary Rudkin.
Email: inclusive@lclfc.co.uk
Call or Text 07752 746229
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Trophy Parlour Inclusive League Cup

Leicester City Woodgate Inclusive F.C. competed in the inaugural Trophy Parlour Inclusive League Cup Competition on Saturday 6th February at the Leicester City F.C. Indoor Dome.
The competition was organised by the Leicestershire & Rutland Inclusive Football League with 12 Adult male Teams representing Aylestone Park, Asfordby Amateurs LGIFC, AFC Barwell, Syston Town, Leicester City Woodgate, Ibstock and Harbrough Town all competed over 2 divisions.
The LRIFL is usually a non-competitive league, where the emphasis is not on results but providing a level playing field for all those involved wherever possible, whilst playing competitive football and working to meet the needs of all of our players, so the League Cup provided a different slant for the players to play football.
Teams showed great skill and team work throughout the competition. Both the Red and Blue Division Competitions were very competitive with hard work and passion for the game evident from all teams.
Inclusive Football offers a fantastic opportunity for players who fall into varied disability groups, special needs or those who have a mental health issue, to train with their team every week and play in the regular League Fixture programme throughout the season.
We are very proud of our Inclusive Players and our Team of volunteers too, who all show great commitment and dedication to work with their players to provide a safe, fun, friendly, supportive environment for football to take place. The benefits to players of being involved in the ‘beautiful game’ are evident, with players development showing through in areas such as improving health and well being, raising self esteem, improving skills in life and football through being a valued Team and Club member.
The Winners of the Trophy Parlour Inclusive Cup Red Division were Asfordby Amaturs LGIFC and in the Blue Division Aylestone Park came out as Winners. Winning teams were presented with a Cup and Medals provided by the Trophy Parlour and all competing players received a certificate to reward their efforts on the day.
If you know of any budding footballer who would benefit from being involved in our Inclusive Football provision, Leicester City Woodgate Inclusive Football Club is always looking to recruit players of varying mobility and ability levels, male and female players from 6 years of age right through to adults of all ages. We also specialise in Partially Sighted Football and invite players from 12 years up to adults with a visual impairment to get into football too!

Mary Rudkin – Inclusive Development Officer
Email: inclusive@lclfc.co.uk
Call/Text: 07752 746229
Visit our facebook page too: Leicester City Woodgate Inclusive Football Club
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Partially Sighted Football


Leicester City Woodgate Partially Sighted team are continuing to work to recruit players to form a local Partially Sighted Futsal Team which will eventually play in the British Blind Sport Partially Sighted League.
Manjit Takhar, Team Coach is working with local groups and organisations to identify new players to become involved, so if you are Partially Sighted, 16 years and over, we invite you to attend our monthly Futsal sessions on a Friday at the Peepul Centre, Orchardson Avenue, Leicester, LE4 6DP. 12th February, 11th March, 8th April, 6th May.
Please contact Manjit Takhar for full details: Email or Telephone Mobile: 07772213946.
Players are also invited to attend our Inclusive Sessions on a Thursday at St Margarets Pastures Sports Centre, Leicester, LE1 3EA. from 4.30-6.00pm
There is a small charge for both football sessions.
If players are under 16 years of age please contact Manjit too for details of football opportunities available in your area.

Inclusive at the Dome

Leicester City Woodgate Inclusive Junior & Youth teams competed again at the LCFC Indoor Dome in the January Fixture programme.

LCW Junior & Youth Teams played against, Aylestone Park, Birstall Utd, Oadby & Wigston & AFC Barwell Inclusive Squads. The young guns played brilliantly in all of their games and we saw some cracking team play all round. The Goalkeepers from all of the teams put in great performances too.

Teams are looking forward to the Trophy Parlour Inclusive League Cup next month and hosting teams from Northamptonshire & Bradford Disability FC.

Interested in getting involved as a player, coach or volunteer? then Email Mary Rudkin
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The Peoples Cup

The Peoples Cup for Inclusive Teams was held at Aylestone Park Football Club on Sunday 24th January.

Leicester City Woodgate Adult Male Teams competed against teams from Rushden & Diamonds, Derby Diamonds, Asfordby Amateurs and Aylestone Park.

Leicester City Woodgate Diamonds drew a tough group on the day and finished in 3rd place in the group, players played very well, they were caught off guard in the first game versus Aylestone Park FC Blue, who fielded a very strong team and LCW lost the game by a few goals! But in the 2nd game, the team fought well and played some cracking football. Hitting the post 4 times, with some great efforts and the majority of possession, but lost 1-0.

Leicester City Woodgate Fosse put in a great team performance to finish 2nd in their group and won through to a place in the semi-finals versus Aylestone Park FC Blue, who narrowly won by 1 goal and the Fosse were unlucky as they had a goal disallowed. The team played in the play off and finished 4th overall.

Leicester City Woodgate Foxes, again played some great football in the competition and were unlucky not to secure a place in the semi’s.

A great day of football, although a tough day for All of our teams. Many ‘Thanks’ go to Philippa Bass and County FA Staff for organising the event for the 2nd Year running.

The Youth event was won by Oadby & Wigston Inclusive FC who won a hard fought game against Birstall Utd in the final.

Aylestone Park FC Blue won the Adults Division after extra time.

Leicester City Woodgate would like to wish both the teams ‘Good Luck’ in the Regional Event to be held at the end of February.

Next Fixtures for the Adults is Saturday 6th February when our teams will play in the Trophy Parlour Inclusive League Cup, an inaugural event for the Leicestershire & Rutland Inclusive Football League.

The Ladies team will play at Ellesmere College on the 3rd February against Northampton Ladies DFC.

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Inclusive Update

Winter fixtures for Leicester City Woodgate Inclusive Teams, played at the LCFC Indoor Dome are well underway. Teams and players have competed very well in all fixtures. Our Ladies Inclusive Team also enjoyed an away match against Northampton Town DFC Ladies and had a great day with the players showing some great skill and team work. The Ladies were also treated to a ‘slap up’ buffet after the game and a mug of hot chocolate, which went down very well as the weather was very cold.
Upcoming events.
Our Junior & Youth Teams will be competing at the LCFC Dome on 16th January and in February Leicester City Woodgate will host a cup competition on behalf of the Leicestershire & Rutland Inclusive Football League. On the 24th January we will also be competing in the Inclusive Peoples Cup which will be run by the Leicestershire & Rutland County F.A., in February we have a mid week league to attend too, so there is plenty of football ahead.
If you know of a player or volunteer who would love to be part of our Inclusive (Disability) Football then contact: Mary Rudkin Send MailEmail or call 07752 746229
or Visit our facebook page
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We run Junior, Youth and Adult Teams for players, males and females from the age of 6 right through to adult teams.

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Inclusive Festival at Aylestone Park FC

A Very Well done to Leicester City Woodgate Inclusive Teams who played at Aylestone Park Football Club on Saturday 17th October.
There was a few League Teams missing for this event due to half term, but everyone had a great morning of football in the sunshine!
Thanks must go to Andy Lenon and other Club volunteers from Aylestone Park Football Club for organising the football event.

Again we saw some great football from All our teams, we had 6 Adult Male Teams over the 2 divisions, players worked hard and played some excellent football, with the Match Officials making some complimentary remarks to All teams playing on the day.
Aylestone Park and Leicester City Woodgate Ladies played brilliantly too, great to see our new player Rachel Tasker doing very well and indeed for winning Player of the Day, but All the Ladies worked very hard against a strong Aylestone Park squad, Prya Patel, Clare Litchfield, and Kerry Litchfield and of course Rachel Tasker.
Overall a great display of football, Fair Play and Respect.
Many thanks to All the Leicester City Woodgate Volunteers who made today happen.

If you know of someone who would be interested in joining our Inclusive Football Teams for youngsters, adults, males and females with a learning, physical or sensory disability, special need or mental health issue, please contact:
Mary Rudkin
Email: inclusive@lclfc.co.uk
Mobile: 07752 746229
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Asfordby Inclusive Tournament

A very well done to our Inclusive Teams – Leicester City Woodgate Inclusive FC. We had six Adult Male Teams- one Youth Team – one Junior Team and one Ladies Team competing in the Leicestershire & Rutland Inclusive Football League at Asfordby Amateurs LGIFC who organised a brilliant tournament!! Well done to All Players and a massive Thanks to our volunteers! RESPECT for ALL.

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Presentation Event

LCLFC Inclusive section, Leicester City Woodgate Inclusive F.C. hosted a Presentation Event celebrating the players success from 2014-15. The Presentation event was held at the home of AFC Andrews and the 3G Sports Bar, who both show great support for our Inclusive Section. Players took part in friendly games and then the presentation took place. All players received a medal in recognition of their efforts throughout a busy season of training and League Fixture Events. Special mention must go to the Players below who won individual awards.

Blue Division Mangers Player of the Season – Shaun Harris
Blue Division Players Player of the Season – Luke Kruzynski
Red Division Players Player of the Season – James Cameron
Red Division Managers Player of the Season – Stephen Valkai & Carl Harris
Female Player of the Season – Kerry Litchfield

A very special mention must go to All the volunteers who support and give their time and commitment to Leicester City Woodgate Inclusive F.C., they do a brilliant job for the Club.
Senior Section Volunteers – Manjit Takhar, Helen Rudkin, Beth Valkai, David Codd, Mick Pinney, Martin Oswin, Amanda Cox, Paul & Mary Rudkin
Junior Section Volunteers – Paul Gibson, Lee Gibson, Archie & Harry Gethins and Joe Pietrzyk

Pre-season training resumed in early August and the teams are now looking forward to their 1st League Fixture Event in the Leicestershire & Rutland Inclusive Football League 2015-16 which is being hosted Saturday 19th September at Asfordby Amateurs Ladies, Girls & Inclusive .FC. from 10.30-1.30 pm. We will have 6 Male Adult, 6 a side teams, 1 Junior, 1 Youth and 1 Ladies team competing in the League this week.

Our Inclusive Section is currently looking for sponsors for the season ahead, for kit, tracksuits, transport and general running costs.

Please contact: Mary Rudkin: Email: inclusive@lclfc.co.uk or call 07752 746229

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Partially Sighted Players

image1Leicester City Woodgate Inclusive FC are looking to recruit players to form a new Partially Sighted Football Team, which will eventually play in the British Blind Sport Partially Sighted League.
Manjit Takhar, Team Coach is working with local groups and organisations to identify new players to become involved, so if you are Partially Sighted, 16 years and over, contact Manjit Takhar Email: partiallysighted@lclfc.co.uk or Telephone Mobile: 07772213946.

Leicester City Woodgate Win Gold

Leicester City Woodgate Inclusive Football Club, hosted a Football Event on the 14th June on behalf of the Special Olympics East Midlands.
The Event took place at the home of AFC Andrews, the great facility at Aylestone Recreation Ground, where Benny Irwin, Club Chairman and the owners of the 3G Sports Bar/Cafe made all the teams welcome, which was a great start to the day of football.
Teams in attendance were, Special Olympics Redditch(2 teams), Riverside FC, Mansfield Disability FC (2 teams), Blue Blazers Disability, Asfordby Amateurs Inclusive FC and our own Leicester City Woodgate Teams(6 teams).
All in all, a total of 15 teams were due to start the competition, sadly 2 teams had to pull out on the day of the event, which meant that 13 teams took part over 2 ability divisions.
The Competition was ran on a league basis, with Gold, Silver and Bronze Medal places being awarded to the top 3 teams in each Division.
Some cracking football took place from all of the teams and the games were played in a competitive yet Respectful manner.
Local referees, Bill Amen, Lottie Sparling, Ray Sharman, Andy Gilroy, Callum Timperely and Lone Millin did a great job officiating the competition and their support of Inclusive Football in Leicestershire is much appreciated.
David Morley, Chairman of East Midlands Special Olympics was present to support the event and thoroughly enjoyed watching the football and was also on hand to present the Medals to the winning teams.
All Players, Managers and Coaches were applauded for their efforts on the pitch and Respect and Fair play shown throughout the day.
Blue Division Gold Medal Winners – Leicester City Woodgate Blue
Silver Medal Winners – Leicester City Woodgate Yellow
Bronze Medal Winners – Mansfield Town DFC A
Red Division Gold Medal Winners – Asfordby Amateurs IFC
Silver Medal Winners -Riverside FC
Bronze Medal Winners – Mansfield Town DFC B

Football Event organiser, Mary Rudkin ‘Thanked’ All teams that took part on the day and praised the volunteers from Leicester City Woodgate who made it a great event for All the players to enjoy.
Special ‘Thank-you’ too for David Morley, Acting Chairman-Special Olympics East Midlands for supporting the day and Angela Morley, Special Olympics East Midlands-Secretary who helped to co-ordinate the event.
We are always looking to recruit players from all over Leicestershire & Rutland, male and female players, from the age of 5 up to Senior Aduts, no upper limit!! are invited to join our Club or we can signpost you to an Inclusive (Disability) Club in your area.
So, if you are a player, or indeed if you know of a player who has a learning, physical or sensory special need or disability who would be interested in getting involved in pan disability football or Special Olympics Football contact Mary as below:
Mary Rudkin
Email:inclusive@lclfc.co.uk
Text or Telephone 07752 746229

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St. George’s Park hosts Inclusive Festival

Sunday 7th June saw just one of our Adult Male teams, our Ladies Team, Junior and Youth Teams taking part in a Festival of Football again hosted by Philippa at St. George’s Park, Burton on Trent, home the the Football Association, a magnificent facility.
Our Ladies joined up with the Ladies from Asfordby Amateurs Inclusive and Aylestone Park Inclusive to play against Northampton Town F.C. Ladies.
The Leicestershire Ladies Team were victorious on the day, winning the competition on penalties and Michelle Bramley was absolutely chuffed to be presented with the trophy on behalf of the team.
The Lads team just missed out on a place in the final, but had a great day of football.

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King Power Stadium

On the 27th May, our players, Juniors, Youth and Adults Teams were invited to attend a football festival held at the amazing King Power Stadium, home of Leicester City Football Club. Philippa Bass (LRCFA) and David Eassom (LCFC), welcomed players and teams who had taken part in the Midweek League, Day Centre’s and Schools and Colleges also attended who had been part of the Disability Football Development Fund programme throughout the season. The event saw around 200 players attending.
All players loved playing on the pitch and it was certainly a great opportunity for everyone.
Our Ladies played teams from Derwent College and Northampton Town FC, and had a great time too.
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Inclusive Update

It has been a busy two months of Inclusive Fixtures, since our Win at the People’s Cup at Harborough Town FC on the 18th April.
We have taken part in:
Mid Week league Fixtures at the New Ellesmere College on the 22nd April, with Leicester City Woodgate Teams playing in the Higher and Moderate Divisions.
Inclusive League Fixture Events were then held at Birstall Utd on the 25th April and Ibstock Utd on the 16th May.
On the 3rd May, Leicestershire and Rutland County FA played host to the Annual Inclusive League Festival at Holmes Park which was a fabulous day of football all round, with Junior, Youth, Adult Male and Female teams playing at the same venue, a busy day for sure, thanks to Philippa Bass, Disability FDO and John Ball, Chairman of the L & R Inclusive Football Partnership,who presented the players with their Awards for the day.
On the 6th May, Leicester City Woodgate Ladies joined in a Female Football Festival again at the New Ellesmere College facility, with other Girls and Ladies teams from around the City and County Schools and Colleges, who all took part in a Fun Day of Football Skills and Small sided games. Guest Speakers arrived from Aston Villa Ladies and Leicester City Women FC and the Students from South Leicestershire College, working with Philippa Bass organised the days event, which made a great day of football for all the female players.
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Peoples Cup Victory

The Peoples Cup for Leicestershire was hosted at Harborough Town Football Club on Saturday 18th April and organised by Philippa Bass from the Leicestershire & Rutland County FA & Inclusive Football Partnership.
The People’s Cup saw Inclusive teams competing from across the Midlands – Leicester City Woodgate-3 teams, Mansfield Town- 2 teams, Harborough Town, Aylestone Park, Redditch Special Olympics, Delos S & L- 2 teams, Riverside and Oakdale.
The Three Leicester City Woodgate Teams, all played brilliantly in the Peoples Cup, our Leicester City Foxes team, captained and led by Jamie Hereworth, were in the 3rd place play off but lost out by 1-0 to Delos S & L, our Leicester City Woodgate Fosse Team, captained and led by Kyle Hereworth, again competed brilliantly and got through to a 4th place play-off but again just lost out by 1-0 to Redditch Special Olympics. .
Leicester City Woodgate team finished 2nd in their group to secure a semi final place against local rivals Aylestone Park, the game finished level after extra time, so a penalty shoot out took place and LCW won 3-2 in the penalty competition with Adam Mattock in goal saving brilliantly to secure the victory.
The Final of the Peoples Cup saw Leicester City Woodgate compete against Mansfield Town who they had lost to, by 2-0 in the group stages. However the team, led by Captain, Martin Oswin made a brilliant start pressing forward and defending well, a well deserved 3-1 win saw Leicester City Woodgate lifting the Peoples Cup, a very proud moment indeed for the Club.
Winning Squad. Adam Mattock (GK), Martin Oswin (Captain), Pavan Padam, Dave Codd, Dan Watson, Dean Baxter.
Congratulations to All players from the three Squads for showing Respect & Fair Play for All alongside being competitive and playing some excellent football, as individuals and as a team, it was a great day of Inclusive Football for sure and great to see some old faces from when our teams competed in the East Midlands League.
The Peoples Cup is a joint venture between the Football Association and the BBC and is part of the BBC’s ‘Get Inspired’ campaign, which encourages people of all ages to get involved in sport.
Want to play Inclusive Football, or get involved as a volunteer or coach…email…inclusive@lclfc.co.uk or text/call 07752 746229

You Tube Highlights of the Day

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League Back Outside

Leicester City Woodgate Teams continue with their busy season with Junior, Youth & Adult teams playing their fixtures in the LCFC Dome during March. Leicester City Woodgate Teams always have a good turn out from all our sections competing on a regular basis.
April fixtures were hosted by Asfordby Amateurs L&G Inclusive at Asfordby Sports Ground on Saturday 11th April.
The weather was very kind to us All and all teams competing had a great day. Paul Gibson & Archie Gethins were kept busy managing the Junior & Youth Teams and Mick Pinney, Paul Rudkin Beth Valkai & Helen Rudkin co-ordinating the Adult Teams. The players had a great day, it was good to be back outside playing on grass after the winter League fixtures which were played in the LCFC Dome.
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Inclusive Football League

Leicester City FC Indoor Dome again was the venue for the Leicestershire & Rutland Inclusive Football League Fixtures on February 14th.
11 male adult teams attended from Inclusive Clubs across the County and the Leicester City Woodgate and Leicester City Ladies U15’s again got together for a female festival of their own.
Matches were very competitive and there were some great performances from players in all our teams, with hard work and good team play shining through.
In the Red Division, Player of the Day Awards went to Michael Batchelor  and Thom Smith for their hard work, excellent football and great team work on the day.
Shelley Lewis won the Player of the Day for the Ladies Inclusive Section scoring her first goal for Leicester City Woodgate FC.
Thanks once again to All the volunteers for supporting the teams on the day and to the Leicester City Ladies Girls U15’s for helping to make the Female Festival a roaring success.
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Midweek Football Mania

Wednesday 11th February saw another round of fixtures in the Midweek Inclusive Football Development League.  Teams attended from Northampton Town FC, Leicester College, Gateway College, Ellesmere College and Achieve with Us Project.
A great morning of football was had by all the Leicester City Woodgate Players.
Player of the Day Awards were given to: Leon Jeffers, Jack Marson and James Cameron.
Thanks to volunteers, Manjit Takhar, Paul and Mary Rudkin for giving the players the opportunity to attend.
If you are interested in playing for Leicester City Woodgate Inclusive FC please contact Mary Rudkin. Email: inclusive@lclfc.co.uk or call 07752 746229
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Inclusive Football League

The Junior & Youth Event for the went ahead at the LCFC Indoor Dome on the 31st January.
Leicester City Woodgate Junior & Youth Teams attended the event and all players showed respect and had a great time.
Medals were given out to Players of the Day and for players that had shown extra Respect for those involved.
Teams attending represented, Leicester City Woodgate, Birstall Utd, Aylestone Park, Oadby & Wigston, AFC Barwell, Ibstock Utd & Asfordby Amateurs LG Inclusive.
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Inclusive Christmas Party

The Inclusive Section Christmas party saw Sponsors ‘Blue Peter Club’ host a great party at their venue.  The party was also to ‘Thank’ Inclusive Section Sponsors and Derek Gethins and his family attended on the night, both sons Harry & Archie are involved in coaching the Junior Section.  Carl Harris played his drums, entertaining everyone and was excellent.  Mick Harris provided the music with some great Karaoke from David Codd and other players.  James Cameron was brilliant on the ‘mic’, think he is after Ant or Dec’s job!!  A great night was had by all that attended.  A massive ‘Thank-you’ to the Blue Peter Club for providing a great venue and feeding all the players and parents with tasty Indian food.
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Football, Football Football!

Leicester City Woodgate Adult Teams were invited to play in the Midweek Inclusive Football League held at the New Ellesmere College site on Wednesday 10th December.   We had four teams in the event and played against, Northampton Town, Leicester,  Gateway and  Ellesmere Colleges and the Achieve with Us team. Fair Play and Respect was on display by All players and the days’ event was very well organised by Philippa Bass, Football Development Officer (Disability) at the Leicestershire & Rutland Inclusive Football Partnership.  There was some great skills and team work on the day and ‘Player of the Day’ awards were given to Kerry Litchfield, Julie Freestone, Owen Billington and Alistair Johnson. Special mention to an amazing performance in goal from Owen, who made some absolutely fantastic saves!

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Inclusive League

Leicester City Woodgate Junior and Youth Inclusive Teams played at the Leicester City Indoor Dome on Saturday 6th December in the Leicestershire & Rutland Inclusive League. 10 teams attended the event overall with our Junior and Youth teams taking part against Oadby & Wigston, Ibstock Utd, Birstall Utd, Asfordby Amateurs L & G Inclusive, Harborough Town, Aylestone Park. Inclusive Football gives a fantastic opportunity for players with a variety of needs to be a valued team member and learn skills that support their personal development as well as their football skills.

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Inclusive Football League at AFC Andrews

Leicester City Woodgate, Leicester City ladies FC’s Inclusive Section, was host to the October Fixture programme of the Leicestershire & Rutland Inclusive Football League. AFC Andrews supported the event which was played at their great new facility. Benny Irwin, AFC Andrew’s Chairman was a massive support on the day, as were Kerry and Kay who run the 3G Sports Bar – so a massive Thank-you for making All of our Inclusive Teams and Clubs very welcome.
With the Leagues’ ethos of Fun, Fair Play and Respect whilst playing competitive football a good day was had by all teams taking part from nine Inclusive Clubs around the City and County.
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The day kicked off at 11.00am, with Ladies from Leicester City Ladies/Woodgate and Asfordby Amateurs Ladies and Girls Inclusive taking on Northampton Town Ability Counts team. The match was very competitive with some excellent football and team work from both sides. All the Ladies taking part were awarded a medal for their efforts with Prya Patel, Leicester City Ladies/Woodgate, winning the Player of the Day Award for her brilliant goal and all round effort.

The Adults, Youth and Junior Sections kicked off at 2.00pm, again with Player of the Day awards being presented at the end of the days football.
Leicester City Woodgate Player of the Day Awards went to:
Adult Blue Division Teams-Henri Pinney and Robin Dealey
Adult Red Division Teams – Umer Pardesi and Carl Harris
Youth Team – Vinny Wardle
Junior Team Aryan Eskandary

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A massive Thank-you to All our volunteer referees and team managers on the day, without whom we would not be able to run the event, Club Chairman, Steve Crayfourd, Nathan, Issy and Emily Worrall, Becca, Jordan, Paul, Annie & Helen Rudkin, Kai Billington, Patsy, Mick Pinney, Paul Rudkin, Manjit Takhar, Dave Codd and Jo and Archie.
A great day was had by all involved and the weather was very kind to us at AFC Andrews great facility.

Mary Rudkin & Paul Gibson
Inclusive Co-ordinators

If you require any information about Inclusive (Disability) Football please email: inclusive@lclfc.co.uk
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Barwell League Festival

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESLeicester City Woodgate Inclusive teams ‘ kicked off’ their season with a League Festival at AFC Barwell on Saturday 13th September. Our Inclusive section had 8 teams attending on the day, in the Adults Blue, Adults Red, Ladies, Junior and Youth Divisions.
AFC Barwell volunteers worked very hard on the day to ensure all the players had a great time with the ethos being Respect and Fair Play whilst playing competitive football.
Respect – Player of the day Awards were given out and Leicester City Woodgate Players who won the awards for their hard work and team play were:
Blue Division Teams – Joe Tinkler, Jamie Hereworth & Robin Dealey
Red Division Teams – Paul Thornton & Mark Miller
Ladies Division – Julie Freestone
Leicester City Woodgate Inclusive, with the support of AFC Andrews, will be hosting the next Inclusive League Festival on Saturday 11th October at Aylestone Recreation Ground, Knighton Lane East, Leicester, with games commencing at 2.00pm and finishing at approx 5.00pm.
For more information about Inclusive Football for players from 6 years old, both male and female, with a learning, physical or sensory special need or disability, or mental health issue, please contact: inclusive@lclfc.co.uk

Manjit Singh Takhar

ManjitFairPlaySport has always been part of my life ever since I was about nine years old at Charnwood Junior School. I remember back in those good old days when we used to have activities such as egg and spoon race, three legged races, wheel barrows and the sack bag run. I started playing football at the age of ten. As anyone can image I was a very active and hyper child at that age. I regularly played Football with a group of friends in the school playground and in the park.
Having a disability since the age of 3 months was difficult as anyone can imagine but life goes on and I never let it get in the way of my education or bother me as a child I remained positive and now it has allowed me to become the ambitious person I am today. In my school days the P.E. teachers did not know what to do with me as there was a lack of understanding and knowledge of dealing with a person with a disability in those years. However nowadays more people have an awareness as it is pretty common.
Being an Inclusive Coach and football player and volunteer with Leicester City Woodgate Inclusive and Loughborough Lions. Coaching and volunteering and supporting various diverse groups. I enjoy Coaching, Playing and volunteering because it’s so rewarding and allows me to develop my life skills it also gives me the chance to meet new people, developing on my existing skills as a coach and respect the players. I enjoy interacting with so many different players who have different abilities.
Being a sports Maker and my involvement with various sports has really had a great impact on others and it allows me to share my passion and experience for the sport and having the physical stamina as one requires to be very energetic and a sports motivator. Being a sports maker is all about having fun but also keeping safe and being involved with the sports no matter what the disability.
My Dream as someone who is partially sighted would be to set up an Inclusive Futsal team within Leicestershire and Rutland. I believe it would be challenging but very rewarding looking into my future dream. It will be very beneficial for everyone as I have the passion and desire and being a very enthusiastic individual who always go the extra mile to support the future generation I believe it would benefit all players hugely as they would become more involved and for me to be their Role model and Mentor for them to be inspired. I would one day love the opportunity of become an Ambassador for the Inclusive Club.

Inclusive Players on Sky

Leicester City Woodgate Inclusive players were invited down to the LCFC Training ground on Monday 4th August to take part in skills sessions and small sided games with David Eassom, Disability Officer at LCFC Football in the Community. Sky TV cameras were on hand filming the work of the Football in the Community scheme as they continue to work in and support many different areas of grass roots football and as part of City’s Premiership status this will continue to grow. Only seven players were asked to attend from our Red Division Squad. The players really enjoyed the experience playing alongside members of the Achieve with Us project based in Hinckley.
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Northampton Town F.C. hosts Ladies Inclusive Festival

Leicester City Ladies and Asfordby Amateurs Ladies Inclusive Teams joined up for a football festival at the home of Northampton Town Football Club, as part of their Annual Disability Football Festival.
The players had a great day of football and Leicestershire won Silver Medals in the competition with Northampton picking up the Gold.
England & G.B. Cerebral Palsy Squad player Alistair Patrick-Heslton awarded the teams with their medals and was very impressed with the skills of All the players involved.
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If you want to find out more about Inclusive Football, contact:
Mary Rudkin
inclusive@lclfc.co.uk
07752 746229

Inclusive Football Festival

LCFC’s King Power stadium played host to an Inclusive Football Festival on Monday May 12th.
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Leicester City Woodgate F.C. Adult teams had a great afternoon of football at the home of Leicester City Football Club. Our teams played alongside South Leicester College, Inclusive Teams, Asfordby Amateurs Inclusive, AFC Barwell, Mountsorrel Leisure Centre and the ‘Achieve with Us’ group from Hinckley.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES
All players in attendance received an engraved medal to allow them to remember their time playing at King Power Stadium; a ground that will be hosting Premier League football next season.
Philippa Bass, Leicestershire and Rutland Disability Officer, said: “I’m so pleased with how the day went. All the players, the majority of whom are Leicester City fans, had a fabulous time playing on the same pitch that the newly-installed Premier League club played on this season.”
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Leicester City Woodgate F.C. Inclusive is always looking to recruit players with a, learning, physical or sensory disability or special need and those with a mental health or inclusion issue. Our ethos is Fun, Fair Play and Respect for All, whilst learning the skills of football and taking part in regular Inclusive League Festivals. So, if you would like to become involved as a coach or player, or indeed know of a player who may want to become involved, is aged from 6-16 years of age for our Junior & Youth Section or 16 years plus for our Adults, Male and Female teams, then contact:
Mary Rudkin
0116 2827555 / 07752 746229

Herve Pep-Ngoma Visit

LCW JuniorsLeicester City FC’s U18’s Captain, Herve Pep-Ngoma visited our Junior & Youth inclusive Football Squads training session and was delighted to be able to teach the youngsters a few tricks of the trade. Herve has been in the LCFC Academy since he was a youngster and shows great potential for a very bright future in the professional game.
The Leicester City Woodgate Inclusive Football Teams, provide regular football training and also matches in the Leicestershire & Rutland Inclusive Football League. The Junior & Youth Section is run by head coach Paul Gibson, who has many years of experience working within the game, both as a volunteer and as an FA Skills Coach. Paul has been mentoring coaches Harry Gethins and Bradley Sharp who are both FA Level 1 Coaches and do a great job volunteering to support our Inclusive Footballers who have a variety of special needs or a physical, sensory or learning disability.
Luke Wardle one of the valuable team players is an absolutely mad Leicester City FC fan and was very pleased to have his photo taken with Herve. Luke is a season ticket holder at the City and also goes to watch many of the LCFC Academy and Development Team games.
Herve was thrilled to be asked to go along to the Inclusive Football training sessions and said “It was a real pleasure to meet all the players, they showed a lot of skill and enjoyment for the game of football, I really enjoyed meeting them and I hope they enjoyed it too”.
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The Junior & Youth Inclusive Teams, male and female footballers from 6-16years of age, train every Thursday from 5.00-6.00pm in the sports hall at New College, just off Glenfield Road in Leicester. If you know of any youngster who would love to play football and meets the criteria, or if you know anyone who would love to become involved as a volunteer coach, for which, training can be provided, please contact:
Mary Rudkin, Inclusive Team Coordinator
Telephone: 07752 746229 or Email: maryrudkin24_@hotmail.com

Inclusive Football Supports BBC Children In Need Appeal

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESLeicester City Woodgate Inclusive Team players, John Astle and Kerry Lichfield came up with the idea of raising money to support the Children In Need Charity and indeed the Leicestershire and Rutland Inclusive League endorsed their support to the cause. Players attending the Inclusive Football League event at the Leicester City F.C. Indoor Training Dome on the 23rd November, were asked to ‘donate to play’, there was also a few football items on sale too.
The fundraiser for the BBC Children In Need Appeal raised a fantastic £250.12 for this very worthy Charity Appeal.
Mary Rudkin, Leicester City Ladies F.C., General Secretary of the Inclusive Football League and fixture co-ordinator for the day said “The Inclusive Clubs, Coaches, Managers, volunteers, players and parents were very supportive of the fundraising event and I would like to express a massive ‘Thank-you’ on behalf of Kerry and John, for the very generous support shown by everybody involved.”
The Leicestershire and Rutland Inclusive Football League provides an opportunity for a network of Inclusive (Disability) Football Clubs, across the City and County, to come together to play matches, where an ethos of Fun, Fair-Play and Respect is paramount, in order to ensure as much as possible that all players attending have a positive experience whilst playing football.
The event at the LCFC Dome, saw teams competing representing, AFC BArwell, Aylestone Park F.C., Asfordby Amateurs Inclusive, Allexton and New Parks, Birstall Utd, Harborough Alliance F.C., Ibstock Utd F.C., Leicester City Woodgate F.C. and Oadby & Wigston Inclusive. Over 140 players, males and females, took part in the event over 4 divisions, Junior, Youth, Adults Red and Adults Blue.
A massive ‘Thank-you’ must also go out to our very own committed and dedicated Club volunteers, Paul Gibson, Harry Gethins, Graham Prosser and Manjit Takhar who ensured our 7 small sided teams taking part on the day had a positive experience whilst playing football.
Other Inclusive Clubs and their volunteers helped to ensure the days was a success, managing teams, refereeing matches and helping to ensure players enjoy a great day of football. The League and Inclusive Club members are always willing to support each other and their time, commitment and hard work is truly invaluable.
The League has the support of the Leicestershire and Rutland Inclusive Football Partnership (Charity) who is committed to continuing the development of Inclusive (Disability) Football and working with local F.A. Charter Standard Clubs to support them in starting up Inclusive Teams.
If you would like any information regarding Inclusive (Disability) Football provided under the umbrella of Leicester City Ladies F.C. , for youngsters, adults, males and females who fall into a range of special need or impairment groups, such as learning, physical, sensory, social and mental health, whether it be getting involved as a Club, volunteer, player or coach, or indeed the Inclusive Section is looking to secure a kit sponsor, so if you are interested in this aspect or know of a business that may be able to help, please contact:
Mary Rudkin
Leicester City Ladies F.C.
Inclusive Football Development Officer
Tel: 0116 2827555 Mob: 07752 746229
Email

LCLFC host Inclusive County League at Aylestone Recreation Ground

Saturday 21st September saw Leicester City Ladies Football Club & Leicester City Woodgate FC organise the first event of the season for the Leicestershire and Rutland Inclusive (Disability) County League (an FA Charter Standard and Respect League) at Aylestone Recreation Ground, Artificial Turf Pitch.
21 teams from Oadby and Wigston, Ibstock Utd, AFC Barwell, Aylestone Park, Allexton and New Parks, Leicester City Ladies( Leicester City Woodgate FC), Market Harborough (Harborough Alliance), Birstall Utd and Asfordby Amateurs L & G Inclusive, all competed in the day long festival.
The event was co-ordinated by volunteers from Leicester City Ladies FC who were given explicit instructions to make the day a success and what a great success it was.
In total, over the Juniors, Youth and Adults teams, 21 teams attended from 9 Clubs, played 51 games with 142 players of all abilities taking part, a large crowd to cheer them all on and fine dry weather to make the day a great experience for all.
Added to the football were the antics of Donna the Allexton and New Parks FC coach, if we could bottle her enthusiasm and commitment we would make a fortune.
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Ian Smith the Aylestone Park Inclusive Football coordinator who has been in this role with the club over 10 years, was this year made a Life Member and said, ‘ It is always a great way to spend a day meeting friends, not opponents, and making sure all the players enjoy the whole experience. This is really the key element, it is not the winning but the taking part’.

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Mary Rudkin added ‘ Great Facilities, great attitudes, great commitment and lots of enjoyment making a great success for players, parents and carers’ .

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Members of the Leicester City Woodgate Team, with Coaches Paul Gibson and Harry Gethins.

Paul Gibson started Leicester City Woodgate alongside Mary Rudkin in May 2007, both as volunteers. Paul is retiring from full time employment with the FA Tesco Skills Coach team in the next two weeks after years of service. Paul has been a volunteer within grassroots and disability football for over 30 years and will continue with this role.
Bob Stretton Leicester City Football Strategy Manager said, ‘It is always a pleasure coming along to the Inclusive (Disability) competitions and seeing the amount of enjoyment everyone has, I coached with the APFC Inclusive section 10 years ago and some of the players are still playing and some have gone onto other things such as refereeing, but the important thing is they are still involved in and still enjoying football, and that’s what this investment in all the new facilities is all about’

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Tom Smith has progressed through the ranks of player to Referee.

Philippa Bass the newly appointed Football development Officer at Leicestershire and Rutland Count FA, said ’ this is my first experience of a Disability festival in Leicester and I must say I am very impressed, the day has gone like clockwork and everyone has worked so hard to make it such a success. The support has been brilliant’
A word of thanks for the co operation given by members of AFC Andrews who use this site every Saturday for training and who happily gave up this Saturdays occupation of the ATP so that the event could be staged and again to Kerry and Kay the catering managers for their continuous supply of refreshment over the 5 hours of Football.

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Participants receive their trophies at the end of the Festival presented by Mary Rudkin watched by a large crowd of supporters and players.
Article by – Bob Stretton | Football Investement Strategy Manager /Aylestone Recreation Ground

If any, player, coach or volunteer want to get involved in Inclusive (Disability) Football, please contact Mary Rudkin – 07752 746229 Send Email

Season Opening

Leicester City Ladies FC will be hosting the 1st Inclusive (Disability) County League fixture of the season on Saturday 21st September at the Rubber Crumb Pitch opposite Aylestone Leisure Centre. The League fixture programme will see Junior and Youth Inclusive (Disability) Teams playing from 11.00am until 1.30pm and the Adults teams will then play from 1.45pm-3.45pm.
The League has an ethos of Fair Play and Respect and works to ensure all players have a positive experience whilst being involved.
Leicester City Ladies FC and Leicester City Woodgate FC (the Club’s Inclusive’s section) has been running since 2007 and now has Junior and Youth teams with around 16 youngsters training at the New College Sports Hall every Thursday from 5.00pm-6.00pm and the adults teams, which include around 45-50 male players and 10 females training every Thursday at St. Margarets Pastures from 4.30-6.00pm.

The Club proudly won Fair Play & Respect Awards in both the Junior and Adult Divisions at the Inclusive Respect Festival hosted at County FA back in June.

The Inclusive Section is always looking to recruit new players of all ages and is also looking to recruit volunteers to get involved with supporting players and coaching at the Thursday training sessions and managing the teams during the League fixtures which takes place on a Saturday, once per month.

If you want to Get involved in Inclusive Football as a player, coach or volunteer, contact:
Mary Rudkin 07752 746229 or E-mail

Leicester City Woodgate Football Partnership & Club

Leicester City Woodgate Inclusive Football Partnership was set up in May 2007 and currently provides regular football opportunities for females, males, youngsters and adults with a special need or learning, physical or sensory impairments or disabilities.

The Club provides a great opportunity for the teams to train every week and take part on a regular basis in the Leicestershire & Rutland Inclusive Football League, which takes around the City and County. The ethos of the League is Respect and Fair Play.

Football is a great team sport and can offer players a great way of having fun, learning new skills and enhancing health and well being, social and life skills and also help to raise the self esteem of those players involved. Football for All takes place in a safe & friendly environment, where football provides a great opportunity for players to become a very valued Team and Club member.

All coaches are FA Qualified, 1st aid trained and FA CRB checked.

Our Teams train at different times and venues, please see below:

St. Margarets Pastures, St. Margarets Way, Leicester, LE1 3EA
4.30pm – 6.30pm – Training is on the astro-turf pitches
Adult Male & Youth Teams – over 14’s
Female Teams U16’s (12-16 year olds)
Female Adult Teams
Cost £2.00 per week

New College – Sports Hall
Greencoat Road, Off Glenfield Road, Leicester, LE3 6RN
Time 5.00pm – 6.00pm – Thursday evenings (term time only)
U14’s Boys and Girls Team
Cost £2.00 per week

The Inclusive section is always looking for Qualified Coaches who may be interested in getting involved on a regular basis and we would also welcome any business sponsorship to support this great provision at our Club

To find out more information on all our Inclusive Teams and how you could become involved as player, coach or volunteer, contact:

Inclusive Football Development Officer Mary Rudkin on mobile 07752 746229 or E-mail

Inclusive ‘Football for All’

Leicester City Ladies in partnership with Leicester City Woodgate Inclusive Football Partnership runs female only teams for players from the age of 12 years up to adults.

We currently have around 7 Youth players U16 and 10 Ladies players, who train and play football on a regular basis.

Teams train every Thursday at:
St. Margaret Pastures Sports Centre on the astroturf pitches – 4.30 – 6.00 pm.

We endeavour to provide football for all ability levels and have an ethos of Fun – Fair-Play and Respect for All.

If you know anyone, or you yourself would like to find out more about joining our Great Inclusive Football Club, please contact:

For more information contact our Inclusive Football Development Officer Mary Rudkin on mobile 07752 746229 or E-mail

Inclusive ‘Football for All’

Leicester City Woodgate Inclusive Football Partnership, Junior section, also provides football and fundamental skills training for girls and boys from the age of 6 – 14 years of age.

Currently there are around 14 players attending on a Thursday evening in the Sportshall at the New College, just off Glenfield Road, Leicester LE3 6RN from 5.00 pm – 6.00 pm.

This teams trains every week in school term time and also play in the Junior and Youth section of the Leicestershire and Rutland Inclusive Football League, which holds matches around the City and County every month, where all the other Inclusive Club’s teams, play matches in a fun and friendly environment, ensuring as much as possible, a level playing field for all abilities and Respect for All.

For further information on the Leicester City Woodgate FC’s football for youngsters with a, learning, physical or sensory disability or special need please contact:

Team Manager and Coach – Paul Gibson on 07943862290 or E-mail

or indeed contact our Inclusive Football Development Officer Mary Rudkin on mobile 07752 746229 or E-mail

Inclusive ‘Football for All’

Leicester City Woodgate FC runs adult male teams. We currently have around 30 players training and playing football on a regular basis.

Teams train every Thursday at:
St. Margaret Pastures Sports Centre on the astroturf pitches – 4.30 – 6.00 pm.

We endeavour to provide football for all ability levels and have an ethos of Fun – Fair-Play and Respect for All.

Some of our players also play for the Leicester Special Olympics Football squads and represent the East Midlands Special Olympics also play representative football for the Leicestershire & Rutland Inclusive (Disability) Squads, playing in the East Midlands League.

If you know anyone, or you yourself would like to find out more about joining our Great Inclusive Football Club, please contact:

For more information contact our Inclusive Football Development Officer Mary Rudkin on mobile 07752 746229  or E-mail