The event at Arundel took place on the cricket ground that was created by Henry, 15th Duke of Norfolk way back in 1895. The outfield that has, in the past, been graced by many world famous cricketers, was generously given over for the day to allow this most worthwhile football tournament to take place. There were over 100 participants at the event organised by Matt Swanson the Deputy Manager of Aldingbourne Country Centre, one of the nine care centres participating in the event.
The festival was a great success – and despite the grey clouds overhead the weather held out to help ensure that, what proved to be a very competitive and exciting tournament, was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Toby Edwards, a Year 11 CH pupil, said: “It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience and knowing that you impacted on so many peoples’ lives, in a positive way, really puts a smile on your face.”
The CH Sports Ambassadors scheme was set up 2 years ago to provide pupils with a platform to develop leadership skills, as well as a pathway into sports coaching and officiating. Part of the course is to provide the pupils with experience of working with people with learning difficulties in a sporting environment. One of the CH Sports Ambassadors, Jack Woodford, commented: “Working with such lovely and charismatic people at Arundel, was an experience that will help drive my enthusiasm for sport and has made me more determined to shape my own life to the full.”