Disabled and SEN pupils represent Bromley in London-wide football tournament

PUBLISHED: 09:54 30 November 2016 | UPDATED: 09:54 30 November 2016

Panathlon Challenge Football Finals at Wembley  Photo: Andrew Fosker/Seconds Left Images

Panathlon Challenge Football Finals at Wembley Photo: Andrew Fosker/Seconds Left Images

Andrew Fosker / Seconds Left Images 2016

The event was held at Wembley Goals Centre on Tuesday, November 29

Youngsters from Bromley with disabilities and special educational needs (SEN) had the chance to show off their skills in a London-wide football tournament this week.

Pupils from Glebe School in West Wickham represented their borough after making it through to the Panathlon London Football Finals at Wembley Goals Centre.

Although they finished in eighth position in Tuesday’s contest, the sense of achievement and enjoyment among the team was palpable.

Twelve-year-old Alan Shaji said: “I did really well – I scored two goals! It made me feel really happy.

“It makes me feel very good. My favourite team is Manchester United, and I’ve been trying to score some goal like Zlatan Ibrahimovic. I’ve not managed it yet!”

Joan Francis, a teaching assistant at Glebe, which is a school for pupils with SEN, added: “There’s a really good team spirit and mixing with other schools is fantastic for them.

“It’s a really social event. They get loads out of it and it builds their confidence. They get so used to just playing with people that they know that when they’re playing against strangers it can build their confidence after they’ve got used to it.”

Overall, 110 children from across London took part in the competition organised by Panathlon, which provides competitive sport opportunities for more than 10,000 young disabled people every year.

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