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Albion in the Community (AITC) is asking Seagulls fans to use their New Year’s resolution to help it continue its award-winning work.
AITC is the largest provider of disability football in the area and regularly helps more than 150 people to play the sport. It now runs more than 30 sessions throughout Sussex and has recently launched a number of new disability-specific sessions, including one for junior players with cerebral palsy or who walk with a frame and another for young people with...

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Use your New Year’s resolution to help Albion in the Community

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Albion in the Community (AITC) is asking Seagulls fans to use their New Year’s resolution to help it continue its award-winning work.

AITC is the largest provider of disability football in the area and regularly helps more than 150 people to play the sport. It now runs more than 30 sessions throughout Sussex and has recently launched a number of new disability-specific sessions, including one for junior players with cerebral palsy or who walk with a frame and another for young people with autism.

It costs AITC up to £5,000 a year to run a weekly disability football session, including venue hire and the cost of providing qualified coaches, which is why the charity’s fundraising work is so important.

And, with people getting ready to pick a New Year’s resolution, AITC is hoping to convince some people to use their resolution to fundraise or volunteer with the charity – not least those looking to set themselves a physical challenge to complete in 2017.

AITC has charity places available for the Brighton Half Marathon on 26 February; the BM10K and Brighton Marathon on 9 April; and the Warrior Run on 23 April.

The Warrior Run, in particular, represents a fantastic opportunity for people to take on a significant challenge. The event, which takes place just a few miles outside of Brighton, is a 7K, 50-obstacle race and one of the muddiest in the UK.

And for those who prefer their challenges on two wheels, AITC is recruiting for its Albion to Ajax Cycle Challenge in June which will see riders cycle to Amsterdam.

There is also a range of volunteering opportunities available for people who want to offer practical support to the charity in 2017.

And for those for who a half marathon or lengthy bike ride is a daunting prospect, AITC’s health team also has a number of new programmes on offer in 2017 aimed at helping people get into shape.

Emma Brockhurst, AITC’s fundraising events executive, said: “A lot of people set themselves physical challenges as part of their New Year’s resolutions and it would be brilliant if some people could combine this with raising money for our disability football work.

“It is a fantastic way to get the most out of your resolutions – get fit and raise money for charity at the same time.”

If you would like more information on how to fundraise for AITC, email: fundraising@albioninthecommunity.org.uk.

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