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22 May 2017

The Ability Counts League is a competition for disabled teams and participants

Over 350 participants from the Greater Manchester Ability Counts League were present at the DW Stadium on Friday night for a spectacular awards evening.

The Greater Manchester Ability Counts League is a competition for disabled teams and participants, and incorporates youth and adult provision, played on alternating fortnights at Salford Sports Village. The league provides a setting for all of its players to develop their football skills while allowing them to enhance their life skills and confidence through football. 

Frank Melling, Chair of the Greater Manchester Ability Counts League, said: “The Ability Counts League is part of a national system for people with disabilities to play and enjoy football. The standard and quality of play from all teams this season has been truly fantastic, and each player who has taken part has been a credit to their team. 

He added: “The presentation evening was a celebration of everything that was good about football, and for many of those in attendance, the event was the highlight of their year. I’d like to place on record my thanks to the DW Stadium and Wigan Athletic Community Trust for providing the room and offering their full support of the event.”

Carl Moore and Steven Aidley were named Wigan Athletic’s players of the season at the event as Latics’ two disability teams enjoyed a successful campaign by finishing in second and third place.

Over 200 disabled young people have benefited from the Community Trust’s Every Player Counts project this year, which is funded by the Wembley National Stadium Trust and administered by the EFL Trust. The scheme sees coaches visit schools in Wigan on a weekly basis to provide free football and sports coaching for disabled young people. 

Joe Pym, Disability Football Officer at Wigan Athletic Community Trust, said: “Both of the club’s disability teams have had brilliant seasons in the Greater Manchester Ability Counts League. We’ve seen such a boost in players’ self-esteem over the course of the year and they just love representing Wigan Athletic.”

For more information about the Every Player Counts scheme, please contact Wigan Athletic Community Trust’s Disability Football Officer Joe Pym on 01942 318090 or e-mail

Wigan Athletic Football Club, Wigan Athletic Community Trust and the DW Stadium are committed to respecting and promoting equality and diversity across all its activities through ‘Together’.

For more information about Together, please click here

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