Disability

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Sheffield & Hallamshire County FA is fully committed to supporting players with disabilities. There are a number of ways that disabled players can enjoy football in the area, whether it is turn up and play sessions, clubs, league or elite player pathways.

Sheffield & Hallamshire County FA now has a dedicated Disability Football Development Officer, Matt Elkinton. Should you need advice, guidance or any enquiries relating to disability football please contact Matt on 0114 261 5500 or by email  matt.elkington@sheffieldfa.com 

Turn Up and Play Sessions (for all ambulant disabilities and additional needs participants)

Weekly coached Saturday morning sessions (for children and/or adults) are offered in each of Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield. For details of these sessions go to the lead contact for each location:

Barnsley

Hannah Philips, Disability Sports Development Officer, Barnsley FC’s Community Sports & Education Trust. Email: hannah.philips@barnsleyfc.co.uk  Tel: 01226 211333

Doncaster

Marie Hepburn, Community Officer, Doncaster Rovers Community Sports & Education Foundation
Email: marie.hepburn@doncasterroversfc.co.uk  Tel: 01302 764663 (text phone users add prefix 18001)

Rotherham

Leon Wormley, Disability Sports Development Officer, Rotherham United Community Sports Trust
Email: leon.wormley@rotherhamunited.net  Tel: 01709 827767

Sheffield

For Sheffield sessions contact  Sheffield & Hallamshire County FA
Email: info@sheffieldfa.com  Tel: 0114 261 5500

Sheffield & Hallamshire Ability Counts League – To Join or Find a Club

The League provides a pan-disability fixture programme for a range of football ability levels. The League runs five divisions at Adult Male (16+), one division at Adult Female (16+), and three divisions at Youth (U16 Male, U16 Female, U13 Female).

All games are played across four quality venues within South Yorkshire, with each adult division having one fixture date per month during September, October, November, February, March, April and May. Youth divisions will have a minimum of 4 fixture dates per season.

All adult fixtures take place on Sunday afternoons and are officiated by FA qualified referees. Youth fixtures take place on Saturday mornings.

The League are always keen to hear from new clubs who are interested in joining the League.

For further details on Joining the League or Finding a Club telephone 0114 261 5500 or send an email to abilitycountsleague@sheffieldfa.com

Click here to view the League website.

Inclusive Mainstream Clubs

Sheffield & Hallamshire County FA are aware of a number of mainstream grassroots football clubs who are providing inclusive football opportunities for people with disabilities and additional needs within their existing mainstream teams.

For details of mainstream clubs that a child with a disability may wish to join contact Sheffield & Hallamshire County FA on 0114 261 5500 or send an email to info@sheffieldfa.com.

Disability Specific Provision

Aside from pan-disability provision there are also a growing number of opportunities for people to attend football sessions that are targeted around a specific disability. Details as follows

Amputee Football

Monthly sessions for amputee or limbless adults and children are run by the Derek Dooley Football Academy and supported by the England & GB Amputee Football Associations. Sessions are on the second Saturday of each month, 10am-12noon at Goals Soccer Centre, Norfolk Park Road, Sheffield.

Contact: Steve Adams, Head Coach, Derek Dooley Football Academy. Email: trickywingers@hotmail.com  Tel: 07815 307657

Blind and Visually Impaired Football

Sheffield Actionnaires Club provide opportunities for blind and partially sighted children of school age to participate in sports in a safe, structured and fun environment. They offer multi-sports sessions run by professional coaches.

Sheffield Actionnaires meet every Sunday from 10am until 1.20pm.
10am-12pm - Indoor sports activities.
12.20pm-1.20pm - Swimming.

Sessions are run at Westfield School Sports Centre, Eckington Road, Beighton, Sheffield, S20 1HQ.

Football sessions are run in partnership with The Yorkshire Visually Impaired Players Club (The VIPs). Additional information can also be obtained from Phil Wagstaff on 07894 598766 or by visiting the following website

Cerebral Palsy Football

For details of ambulant CP football opportunities go to: http://www.cpsport.org/sports/ambulant-cp-football or contact Dermot Dolan, Sports Advisor, CP Sport. Email: dermot.dolan@cpsport.org  Tel: 07954 65553

Deaf and Hearing Impaired Football

Monthly sessions for deaf and hearing impaired children and adults are run by the Derek Dooley Football Academy. Sessions are on the third Saturday of each month, 10am-12noon at Goals Soccer Centre, Norfolk Park Road, Sheffield.

Contact: Steve Adams, Head Coach, Derek Dooley Football Academy. Email: trickywingers@hotmail.com  Tel: 07815 307657

Mental Health Football

The Good Mood League is a midweek football league run by the South West Yorkshire NHS Trust for adults receiving treatment for a mental illness.

For further details contact either Hannah Geal, email: hannah.geal@swyt.nhs.uk or Jane Baker, jane.baker9@nhs.net

Elite Player Development

Sheffield & Hallamshire Disability Football Player Development Centre

Sheffield & Hallamshire County FA have an FA Player Development Centre (PDC) for disabled in players from in and around the County FA region. The focus for the PDC is on individual player development and the development of technique in young players, with high quality coaching provided in addition to existing club participation (can be a mainstream or disability football club).

The Centre runs on Sundays from 2pm-3.30pm at Goodwin Sports Centre, Northumberland Road, Sheffield.
To get further details on the trial process or any other aspect of the Development Centre sessions contact Steve Adams, Head Coach of the Sheffield & Hallamshire Disability Football Development Centre on 07815 307 657.

Alternatively, you can contact the Football Development Team on 0114 261 5500 or by sending an email to info@sheffieldfa.com.

Useful web site links

For further information pertaining to deaf football please try the following web pages:

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