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Maidstone United Raiders Gold

Triple success for Stones Raiders in FA People’s Cup

Maidstone United Raiders have three sides through to the semi-finals of the FA People’s Cup.

The club’s disability section have entered this season’s competition, England’s largest and most inclusive five-a-side tournament.

There were wins for Raiders Gold (men’s first team), Diamond (ladies) and White (under 16s). Silver (men’s second team) and Purple (under 16s) finished runners-up.

More than 45,000 players are taking part in the People’s Cup, with the finals happening at St George’s Park in April.

It is the fourth year that the free-to-enter competition has been staged. This season there are 18 categories, based on age and ability, and in the opening round some 8,000 teams played at more than 250 venues across the country.

Head of disability football Lorraine Humm said: “This is the first time we’ve entered and it was a great day for the Raiders.

“I am particularly pleased for the ladies who, in their first ever season, are flying the flag for female disability football. Eight of the fourteen Raiders disability teams represented the club brilliantly, I am so proud of them all.

“We’re very much looking forward to the semis next month and hope we can get one, if not all of our teams, through to the finals at St George’s.”

The semi finals will be held over the weekend of 24/25 March.

Anyone wishing to join Maidstone United Raiders, which includes the first all-ladies team in the Kent Disability League, can contact Lorraine on 07880 907188.

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