service users from the woodmill working out

Service users from the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT) centre, The Woodmill, attended the Robert Owen Communities (ROC) Active Football tournament to celebrate the UEFA European Championships on Wednesday the 15th June.

On arrival, service user Bradley was asked to select a name out of a hat in order to pick which team The Woodmill would be representing. Having picked Turkey, the team were introduced to the other teams. Ten teams took part in eight matches in total, each lasting five minutes.

Bradley played up front as a striker and was joined by fellow service users Emma, Mark and Aaron as well as Therapy Assistant Kate Smedley and Rehabilitation Support Worker Kieran Barber.

“The first match was a tricky one, but the team soon settled and drew 2-2.Throughout the day Emma scored a volley of goals and Bradley managed a hat trick. Aaron and Mark defended well and the team came third in their group overall. The team had a great day and really got into the spirit and pulled together to set up some incredible goals. Even though the team didn’t win every match all of the service users did a fantastic job and enjoyed themselves!” said Kate

Lloyd Martin, ROC Active team senior said “Everyone did fantastically well, I was really impressed and I think Emma is an absolute inspiration”.

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