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LOCAL NEWS: Local Scooter Club Raises £1,000 For Disability Football Team

Risborough Rangers Junior FC Pan-disability Team
Risborough Rangers Junior FC Pan-disability Team

The Double Diamond Scooter Club, based in Princes Risborough, presented a cheque for £1,000 to Risborough Rangers Junior FC Pan-disability team at the recently-held Kop Hill Climb.

“At our annual Weekend Charity event we wanted to raise money for a local good cause and the recently formed RRJFC Disability Team of boys and girls was unanimously chosen by our members” said Chairman, Frank Smith.

The Scooter Club was formed in 2011 around a group of like-minded people with a passionate interest in vintage Lambretta and Vespa scooters. Their annual mini-festival, held in Towersey, is focused on raising money for good causes and provides a great atmosphere with on-site camping, music, food etc. The sum raised is a measure of the generosity of the scooter-world.

“This team of boys and girls aged 7-11 captured the imagination of our members and we are looking forward to our continued support throughout the year, in seeing the opportunity to play football being made available to as many children as possible who have hitherto not been involved in football because of a physical or learning disability” said Vice- Chairman, Darren Saunders.

On hand to accept the very generous cheque was Team Patron, Mike Bushell, the BBC Sports presenter together with team members and their families, team coaches and RRJFC Chairman, Andrew Quigley.

“We are very grateful to the Double Diamond Scooter Club for this magnificent sum that will benefit the Pan-disability team and its future development. With their agreement, we are initially purchasing rain jackets for the team which will be particularly beneficial in the winter” said Team Coach & Manager, Andy Forkgen.

‘Pan-disability’ in footballing terms refers to individuals with different disabilities all participating together. Unfortunately it does not include those who are blind or in a wheelchair. It is those players who are not able, in the most part, to actively engage in able-bodied football.

The majority of participants may, for example, have learning difficulties, are on the autistic spectrum, may have some hearing or sight impairment, may have Downs or Tourette syndrome, dwarfism (restricted growth condition), may be an amputee with or without a prosthesis, as well as other impairments that impact on their sporting performance.


The RRJFC Pan-disability team for boys and girls aged 7-11 trains every Saturday morning from 9.15 – 10.30am

Location: Indoor Sports Hall, The Community Centre, Stratton Road, Princes Risborough, HP27 9AX