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“If We Continue This Journey, Then I’m Hopeful Of More Success Down The Line”

Staff and players watch on as penalties commenced - Image: Jake Kirkman

After a difficult week for all involved at EAFA following the passing of Joe Willmott, the lads got together to play the sport they love with the people they love, lifting spirits and growing stronger together.

The team clocked in at Reaseheath on Friday evening, as it was back to work - under the lights at the Home of Amputee Football.

A game of no bounce followed by a high tempo warm up kicked off the weekend before the gaffer laced up his boots and showed his players why his home is amongst the dugout.

Day two of the camp saw the team split in half to go head-to-head in an intense shooting drill.

Wonder goals and acrobatic shot stopping was the entertainment for the staff on Saturday afternoon as the squad put on a display exposing the class running through the side.

Either team were later joined by members of staff on the pitch as the tempo and competitiveness of the afternoon soon turned into a match of playing for the bragging rights.

Tim Pattenden (England Psychologist) battles to gain possession from Rhyce Ramsden - Image: Jake Kirkman

A penalty shootout was a fitting way to decide the victors with both nerves, quality and a bit of luck in some cases giving us our winners.

Another positive weekend on the pitch was rounded up with a cool down and it’s clear to see the whole team – players and staff – developing a special bond with each other.

“We work on a culture of togetherness and it was a big reason as to why we were crowned champions at the Nations League,” said manager Scott Rogers.

Boots came off and dancing shoes were put on as the team came together to celebrate their historic achievement, winning our first major silverware in over three decades.

Before though, we raised a class to our beloved friend Joe Willmott whose commitments and achievements will always be remembered and appreciated – a reflection of why we are where we are today.

Staff and players pose with 2023 Champions graphics designed by Bex Grimble - Image: Jake Kirkman

Speeches were given, players were celebrated and success was enjoyed as an emotional but important camp came to a close.

The gaffer rounded up the weekend by reiterating that whilst this weekend’s camp was a camp of celebration, the focus now returns to building upon the recent success, Rogers said: “We’ve used this camp to celebrate our achievements but the message is we go back to the training ground and continue to progress as we are.”

Attention now turns to the Amp Futbol Cup in September as this incredible group take the next step on their journey together.


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