It's only a Beautiful Game if everyone can play!   

YCH have won the Health & Wellbeing category in the National Housing Federation’s Community Impact Awards. The award recognises housing associations’ contribution to tackling health inequalities, promoting independence and improving health and wellbeing.

Scarborough Athletic Frame Football Club (SAFFC) was launched by Yorkshire Coast Homes, in partnership with Scarborough Athletic FC, to provide a real opportunity for young people, who rely on the use of a walking frame, to enjoy the beautiful game.

The SAFFC players range in age from 5 to 15 years and have been training regularly at Pindar Leisure Centre since the club was launched on 23rd April 2016.

Participation in this fast-growing sport at a competitive level is best undertaken by players equipped with specialized and purpose-built game-frames which, retailing at around £500 each, presents a daunting investment for any new team. SAFFC got under way with two of the specialised “hybrid” frames before beginning a series of activities aimed at raising funds to buy more.

A Sunday morning soccer match and a fundraising five-a-side tournament got the club’s original fundraising campaign rolling, with welcome donations from a range of local individuals and groups adding to the slowly rising total. The players managed by sharing their two game-frames until a totally unexpected strike from local fundraisers SALT proved to be the extra time back-of-the-net game-changer. After watching videos from the first two club training sessions and seeing at first hand the joy on the faces of the young players, the kind-hearted group offered to fund the purchase of tenspecialised hybrid frames - in a range of sizes to suit all the club members!

Joan Edeson & Rosemary Forrest, Trustees from SALT and on behalf of the whole team of volunteers said: “The SALT(Scarborough and Locals Together) Charity Shop on Falsgrave Road, Scarborough, aims to assist people in our community when they need a helping hand. We feel that the Scarborough Athletic Frame Football Club is providing sporting opportunities for young people that have, until now, been denied them. The benefits for the children and their families become clear when watching them play and we are delighted to support this worthwhile venture. 

We all look forward to watching the progress of (SAFFC) and wish them well in the future.”

Shaun Tymon, SAFFC founder, said: “We are so grateful for this very generous and totally unexpected offer from SALT and we were very happy to welcome members of the fundraising team to our very special first awards celebration – a perfect opportunity for us all to say thank you. We are aware that, as word of the club spreads, we can expect that more and more young people will come along to play but, thanks to SALT, we can happily now ensure that everyone will have the use of a frame that has been designed to be safe and totally suited to the rigours of sporting use. Our first presentation evening was an exciting and emotional occasion, but to hear shortly afterwards that we’d won such a prestigious award has added the icing to the cake. It’s a great reward for the courage and commitment of our young players and their families”

Due to the continued rehabilitation of some of the young team, frames are no longer required and as such Scarborough Athletic Frame Football Team also incorporates young disabled persons to remain inclusive. 

Are you aged 16 or under with a registered disability and wish to play football? Contact Club Disability Officer, Shaun Tymon at [email protected]