Everton crowned National Football Therapy Cup Champions in Cup Final thriller
The Lewes FC 2016 National Football Therapy Cup was won by Everton In The Community (above) at the Dripping Pan last night, edging out last season’s winners Croydon Eagles in a tense penalty shoot out.
The Toffees, who were last season’s runners up against Croydon, went one better this term and won 3-2 in the penalty shoot-out having played out an excellent and exciting 1-1 draw with the Eagles.
In the Plate Final, Langford Tigers edged out Wrexham A again on penalties, to win it for the first time.
Plate winners Langford Tigers beat Wrexham ‘A’ in a brilliant, very close final
18 teams from around the country took part in this year’s tournament — a record number — including 10 teams from the Premier and Football Leagues, as well as teams from local mental health organisations & charities.
The Football Therapy programme, and The National Football Therapy Cup originated at Lewes Football Club and was instigated by fan and former Director Sean Macleod. It is an invitation to all mental well-being teams from across the country to take part, make friends and enjoy a full day of 5-a-side football in a fun, friendly and safe environment. Every team gets to play at least 6 matches, each team member is provided with a packed lunch, and all players who take part receive a medal for their efforts.
A record amount of teams took part including teams from Arsenal, Blackburn and QPR
The tournament is supported by the Sussex FA, Kick It Out and the Football Supporters Federation, East Sussex County Council and The Recovery Kitchen, part of the Lewes Your Way programme and in partnership with mental wellbeing charity Together.
Jonathan Garside, Mental Health Football Coordinator at Everton Football Club said;
“The National Football Therapy Cup 2016 was a huge success, where the beautiful game was played with such passion and respect by all. The tournament only reinforced the unique power that football has to unite everyone regardless of experience or background. The impact this win has had on our players is truly tangible and goes a long way in supporting Everton in the Communities commitment to help improve the health and wellbeing of our participants. Football Therapy is alive and kicking, thanks again to all involved. “
Chief Executive of Lewes Football Club Kevin Miller said,
“On behalf of Lewes Football Club I’d like to thank the teams who took part, congratulate the Everton lads who went one better than last year, and all partners, staff and volunteers who helped make it happen.”
He added, “As a fan-owned community club we strive to be totally inclusive; some of the teams travelled a long way to be in this tournament, and to see so many smiling faces, so many players enjoy themselves regardless of ability and yet all of them be inspired through football, drives us on to make next years tournament even better. ”
Lewes Football Club Football Therapy sessions run across the Lewes District throughout the year. It’s free, and you can just turn up and play. For more information on your nearest session, or to register your interest in The 2017 Lewes FC National Football Therapy Cup, contact Adam Wolecki on 01273 470820, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org