Bend it like Richmond

Release Date: 31 May 2017

Nine young para-footballers from Richmond took to the pitch last weekend to battle it out in this year’s London Youth Paragames football tournament.

The team, made up of nine students with Special Educational or Physical Needs from Clarendon School, travelled to Hackney Marshes for the event.


Following a fantastic start, the team beat Enfield (1-0) before suffering a narrow 1-0 defeat to Camden.


Team Richmond showed great character to bounce back and clinch all three points from their next game against Ealing. Before they fell short against Hackney in a 3-0 defeat.

Their last game was against Westminster. But, it wasn’t meant to be. Despite giving it their all, Westminster equalised in the last couple of minutes.


With two wins, a draw and two losses – Richmond finished third in their group.


Cllr Lisa Blakemore, Mayor of Richmond upon Thames, said:


“What a fantastic event. Many of these young people have never played a competitive match before. And every single one did the borough proud! With such a sterling display of sporting prowess, I am sure that this won’t be the last we will see of this para-football team.”

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Updated: 21 June 2017