A TEAM of disabled footballers are celebrating after they beat off stiff competition to win a regional event.
Pupils from Catcote School Business and Enterprise College and Springwell School in Hartlepool, won all six games on their way to the U-12 North East Junior Disability Football League title.
It is the first time the team has won the monthly competition and teaching staff say they are “delighted” with their efforts.
The schools entered an U-12 and U-16 team into the five-a-side competition.
In total 16 players travelled to the competition and the U-12s came home victorious after winning all their games in a round-robin style competition.
Meanwhile, the nine-strong U-16 squad narrowly missed out by a single point in their league after winning five and drawing one game.
Darren Leck, who has been a teaching assistant at the Catcote Road school for four years, said: “I am absolutely delighted with the efforts of the pupils from both schools.
“They have come on leaps and bounds and we were very impressed.
“Both teams showed tremendous team spirit.
“This is the first time that we have won the league but our team is getting stronger and stronger all the time.”
He was joined at the event by Mark Hillan, from Springwell School, which is based in Wiltshire Way.
The pupils, who train after school and at weekends, have a range of disabilities including hearing and behavioural problems, autism and Down’s Syndrome.
Every month dozens of pupils from schools and football teams from across the region come together to take part in the competition which is held at Conyers School, in Yarm.
The rules are the same as normal football apart from the fact there are no goal kicks.