Twenty-one Years of Football with Rotary District Festival

Now in its 21st year, 220 pupils took part in the Rotary District Special Needs Football Festival, held at Aston Villa Football Club Academy recently.

Some of the players and helpers in the Aston Villa Main Stadium after the event.

Some of the players and helpers in the Aston Villa Main Stadium after the event.

A total of 16 schools entered 30 teams from an area that is centered on Birmingham and the West Midlands, and includes parts of Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Staffordshire.

Sponsorship was kindly provided by Rotary Clubs within the Rotary District.

This is the seventh year the competition has been hosted by the Rotary Club of Wylde Green, supported by their Inner Wheel Club, on behalf of Rotary District 1060.

Dr Charan Bunger MBE, District Governor for Rotary District 1060 supported the event and commented:

“I was very honoured to participate and give trophies, medals etc to the young players at Aston Villa Academy.”

Wylde Green Rotarian and Festival organiser Nick Thurston commented:

“The Rotary Special Needs Football Festival is an event we all look forward to each year. We have to host it over two days because it’s so popular.  There’s always a fun atmosphere where everyone is friendly, enjoying playing football together.  

“Rotary remains most grateful to Nigel Macrow and the team at Aston Villa Football Club for their help and support. Thanks are also due to Jo James, the Community Champion from Tesco at New Oscott. Tesco generously provided most of the refreshments over both days for players and helpers.”