Disabilty players
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Huntingdonshire FA is striving to ensure that every person who wants to be involved in the game has the opportunity to reach their potential regardless of their ability. We are committed to enabling everybody to play our national game and reach their potential as a player, coach, referee or administrator.

The Disability programme aims to establish opportunities for participation and offer quality provision for any person with a disability. We work with a number of Charter Standard Clubs to be able to expand on the football opportunities they offer, to include disabled players within their clubs, either integrated into their teams or as a separate team.

If you would like more information on the work we are doing in the Hunts FA area please contact Andy Coles on 01480 447486 or Andy.Coles@HuntsFA.com

St Ives Rangers Colts Ability Counts Team

St Ives train a youth and adult section on a Wednesday evening at St Ivo Outdoor Centre, 6-7pm.

For more information please contact: Wendy Chambers - wens0504@gmail.com

There are many specialisms within this field of our work and for details see the boxes opposite.

FA Disability Talent Pathway

The purpose of The FA’s Disability Talent Programme is to identify young players deemed to possess higher levels of ability and to place them in a developmental programme designed to produce football excellence in conjunction with personal development. The Pathway comprises of FA Disability Player Development Centres (PDCs), FA Regional Impairment Specific Centres of Excellence and FA England Impairment Specific Development Squads.

The Pathway’s success is ultimately measured on the number of players progressing from County and Regional based programmes into National Development and Elite Disability Squads.

FA Disability Player Development Centres (PDC) provide a higher level coaching opportunity for players that show signs of talent in grassroots club or school settings. PDCs run for 1.5 hours per week for 20 weeks and impact players of 12-16 years of age. PDCs are used to ‘confirm’ and ‘develop’ talent in young players and support the transition to Regional Youth and Adult Impairment Specific Centres of Excellence, National Impairment Specific League Teams or into mainstream football settings.

PDCs have a focus on recruiting players that can progress to National Development and Elite Squads as highlighted within The FA’s Disability Player Pathway and as shown below:

  • Amputee
  • Cerebral Palsy

  • Deaf

  • Partially sighted

  • Learning Disability

The Football Development Team is keen to support any club wishing to become more accessible to people with disabilities or wishing to establish a disability football team within the club. For more information on disability football Please contact Andy Coles, Football Development Officer on 01480 447486 or Andy.Coles@HuntsFA.com

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