YCH team up with Boro to launch new frame football team

Yorkshire Coast Homes Chief Executive Shaun Tymon (right) and Scarborough Athletic FC Director Andy Troughton (left) mark a new chapter in the football club's history with the birth of Scarborough Athletic Frame Football Club. Shaun and Andy are holding a signed SAFC shirt, worn originall by Gary Hepples, which is one of many items being auctioned online to raise funds for the new club

Yorkshire Coast Homes Chief Executive Shaun Tymon (right) and Scarborough Athletic FC Director Andy Troughton (left) mark a new chapter in the football club's history with the birth of Scarborough Athletic Frame Football Club. Shaun and Andy are holding a signed SAFC shirt, worn originall by Gary Hepples, which is one of many items being auctioned online to raise funds for the new club

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Local social housing provider Yorkshire Coast Homes have joined forces with Scarborough Athletic FC to set up a brand new frame football team in Scarborough.

The new club will be hosting its first come and try it session in the Pindar Leisure Centre sports hall on Saturday April 23, between 1pm and 3.30pm, where potential players and their families can get a taste of the sport.

The new club will also be holding a fundraising football match on Sunday April 24, with all cash raised going towards essential equipment for the young people to use. Kick-off will be at 2pm, on the pitch opposite Newby School.

Frame football offers an opportunity for young people, who may rely on the use of a walking frame to assist with their mobility, to take part in both indoor and outdoor football matches and, until now, no team in North Yorkshire has been established.

As well as participating in local training and match sessions, members of the new club will eventually be able to take part in a programme of tournament events around the country organised by the Frame Football Association.

The creation of new team, which has been adopted by Scarborough Athletic FC and will be named Scarborough Athletic Frame Football Club, was inspired by YCH Chief Executive Shaun Tymon, who said: “We believe that everyone should be able to participate in sport and we work hard to help remove the physical, social or financial barriers that that may be holding them back.

“The rapidly growing sport of Frame Football provides excellent opportunities for people of all ages and levels of ability to take part and we are thrilled to have been able to set up a team and bring the sport within reach of local young people. We’ve had lots of advice and support from the Frame Football Association and now that the club has been adopted by Scarborough Athletic we’re really making progress.”

Scarborough Athletic FC Director Andy Troughton added: “This is a wonderful initiative, and we are both proud and excited to be able to assist Yorkshire Coast Homes in setting up the new team.

“Our club prides itself on its community credentials, and we look forward to helping these young people to overcome the barriers that might otherwise prevent them from participating in our favourite sport.”

To learn more about Frame Football you might like to check out their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/FrameFootball where you’ll find a great deal of information, along with plenty of photos and videos. Further information is available on the Cerebral Palsy Sport website at http://www.cpsport.org/sports/football/frame-football/