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 Elkington. 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

Nicola Moran, Lead Officer, Doncaster Rovers Community Sports & Education Foundation
Email:  nicola.moran@doncasterroversfoundation.co.uk  Tel: 01302 764663 (text phone users add prefix 18001)

Rotherham

Trudi Race, Disability Co-ordinator, Rotherham United Community Sports Trust
Email: trace@rotherhamunited.net  Tel: 01709 827767

Sheffield

For Sheffield sessions contact  Sheffield & Hallamshire County FA
Email: matt.elkington@sheffieldfa.com  Tel: 0114 241 4992

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 is 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 241 4992 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 241 4992 or send an email to matt.elkington@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

FAD FC is a charity who is leading the way in partnership with the NHS in terms of Mental Health football. They are looking to run a number of sessions now throughout the region including walking football.

For further details contact either Caroline Elwood Stokes, email: carolinestokes190@gmail.com or Matt Elkington, matt.elkington@sheffieldfa.com

Elite Player Development

Sheffield & Hallamshire Disability Football Player Development Centre

Sheffield & Hallamshire County FA has a direct link with a variety of regional talent squads ran and co-ordinated by the FA and National Disability Sports Organisations.

If you feel you are or know someone who is interested in furthering their football experience then please do not hesitate to get in touch with Matt Elkington, matt.elkington@sheffieldfa.com

 

 

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