Over the Easter period, The Wales Learning Disability Squad headed off to Northern Ireland for their annual Home Nations Championship. This year the Wrexham Inclusion Football Club boasted an impressive 4 members of the 18 man squad. David Povey, Jordan Wright, Bradley Lawrence and Jamie Hall were all selected.
In 2017, the Welsh LD squad finished second so this year they were hoping to go one better.
On easter monday the squad crossed the Irish Sea to Belfast which would be their home for the week.
The fixture list included their opening game on tuesday at 14:00pm against Scotland at Cliftonville FC, on Wednesday they faced the hosts Northern Ireland at 11:00am at Crusaders FC before rounding off the tournament against the Republic of Ireland at Cliftonville FC on the friday at 10:15am.
The LD squad didn't get off to the best start, suffering a 4-1 loss at the hands off Scotland. Next up Versus Northern Ireland the welsh secured a fantastic victory running out 2-0 winners. With a days rest in before the final game, a light training session was complete with the team ready for what friday could bring. On friday Morning, a last minute winner saw Wales LD Squad run out 2-1 winners against the Republic of Ireland which secured 2nd place at the tournament! Well Done Wales!
Wales LD V Northern Ireland
David Povey, Wrexham Inclusion FC player said "it was a great team performance, we battled to the end to make sure we got the win, the schedule of the week had taken its toll with the physio of the Welsh team playing a key role in our success, making sure we were fit enough to play" when asked his thoughts on the week, DJ said "Although it was tough, we all had to try and keep pushing. Wearing the shirt and representing your country and winning those games is the best feeling"
"Wearing the shirt and representing your country and winning those games is the best feeling" David Povey
Jamie Hall said after the trip " the trip was great, really enjoyable. i loved representing my country". Jamie featured heavily in the 2-0 versus Northern Ireland. Jamie's Parents Mark, who also represents the Wrexham Inclusion Football Club and Claire said "we as a family are very proud of jamie representing wales, a massive well done to our son, we are the proudest parents at this achievements for his country"
As always the club would like to say a massive thanks to Glyn Jones from St Christopher’s school in Wrexham and his staff who are a massive support for the lads representing their country, without them this really wouldn’t be possible, so thank you! A massive thanks also to everybody at the FAW!
PICTURE CREDIT - CHRIS FOOT