Ponte Pirates marks birthday with a new kit

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A Pontefract football club for people with learning difficulties and disabilities has a new look, thanks to Irwin Mitchell.

The Pontefract Pirates DFC received £500 from the Leeds office of the national law firm to put towards new football kits.

The club - which is for adults and juniors - has celebrated its tenth anniversary this year. It was established as part of Pontefract Collieries FC to help those with learning difficulties in the town who still wanted to play and enjoy football.

Dan Grace, community development officer at Pontefract Collieries, said: “Thanks to their kind donation, Irwin Mitchell has helped us with this and their actions have given the whole team a huge lift as we look to mark the Pirates ten-year anniversary with new kits.

“The Pirates were founded by Gary Smith and Trevor Waddington and have grown to be one of the biggest Disability clubs in the region, with some of those who came ten years ago still involved today.

“Countless players have had life-changing opportunities on a national and worldwide stage and these opportunities continue to be available to this day.

“For example, a number of players won medals at the UK Special Olympics in Sheffield in August last year, while players regularly get picked for the Mencap GB team which competes at the European Championships in Geneva every year.”

The cash was donated as part of Irwin Mitchell’s Don’t Quit, Do It campaign, which supports the benefits both physically and psychologically of being involved in disability sports. The programme - which is backed by multiple gold-medal winning Paralympian Hannah Cockroft - has already given out £4,000 to projects across the UK.