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
Call/Text: 07752 746229
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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

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.








Members of the Allexton and New Parks Teams with Coach, Donna.

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’.








Ian Smith on the left with the APFC Inclusive Section

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








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’














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.









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