Adults from Riverside Care Trust received good news this week as their application for funding towards a project which will provide regular opportunities to play football was approved by Sport England.
The group meet regularly and on Wednesday evenings there will now be regular football coaching for the group provided by the Westmorland County Football Association.
The new sporting opportunities have been made possible by a £2,500 grant from Sport England - which is working with local communities, clubs and organisations to provide sport and physical activity for adults with learning difficulties, physical and sensory impairments.
Julie Wright, organiser of Riversiders FC, said: "Everyone at Riversiders United are grateful to Sport England for their support and we are all excited at the prospect of playing competitive games next season. I would like to thank Adam Panter of the Westmorland FA for all his hard work in securing the grant from Sport England and the team would like to say a huge thank you to Dan Ferguson of the Westmorland FA for his excellent coaching skills.
I am so pleased that we have been able to gain facilities in Kendal to enable young people with learning difficulties the opportunity to play football."
Sport England invests National Lottery and Exchequer funding in projects that will grow and sustain participation in grassroots sport and create opportunities for people to excel at their chosen sport.
Judith Rasmussen, Sport England's Regional Lead for the North West, said:
"The opportunity to try a new sport for the first time is often all a person needs to catch the sporting bug. The Riversiders FC project is a great way for adults with learning difficulties to try football and have a quality sporting experience that will encourage them to stay involved."