Disability tournament to feature top names from across the UK’s leagues

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Clubs from across the country will take part in one of the UK’s biggest disabled football tournaments.

Footballers from Bolton Wanderers, Everton, Bradford City, Middlesbrough, Blackpool, Burnley and Scotland will be in Lytham on May 30 for the 6th Ormerod Disability Football Tournament.

The major teams all run their own disabled squads or otherwise support disabled players and will be sending their top players to the tournament which is designed to keep disabled people active.

They will be joined by competitors from St Annes, Sheffield and possibly Liverpool in the seven-a-side contest which was won last year by Middlesbrough.

Thirty teams in all will take part – making the tournament the second biggest of its kind in the UK.

Tournament organiser Luca Lanzani, of the Ormerod Trust, has contacted soccer legend Jimmy Armfield, pictured, who said he hopes to attend some games.

Luca said: “We have some first-class teams coming to the area and there will be some very exciting sport.

“Inter St Annes, who I coach, won two years ago and obviously I hope they will do so again.

“We recently wrote to Inter Milan and they were fantastic to our small side, giving us 18 shirts and six pairs of shorts.

“People would find it hard to believe how fast and competitive the games are but they are hugely competitive sportsmen who play as hard as able-bodied players.”

Luca coaches teams from the local YMCA FC, All Star Rangers FC, Fleetwood Town FC and Fleetwood Flyers FC – all to be represented alongside the larger teams.

The tournament has received £500 towards running costs from the Richard J Wilson Sports Foundation.