There are a number of clubs across the County that provide opportunities specifically for players with a range of disabilities. Manchester County FA's commitment to work with our local clubs and providers who offer inclusive football opportunities is evidenced by a recent investment of funding into disability football through the Commissioning Model.
In addition to the support offered to clubs and providers, we work closely with the Greater Manchester Ability Counts League, Schools, Further and Higher Education providers and key partners to ensure that there is a wide range of playing opportunities for players with disabilities and a clear pathway for progression.
You can find out more information on all of the ways to get involved below, or by contacting our Disability Football Development Officer, Steven Edwards by clicking HERE.
Greater Manchester Ability Counts League
The Greater Manchester Ability Counts League runs throughout the season for disabled teams and participants. The league is PAN ability and incorporates monthly youth and adult provision, played on alternating fortnights at Salford Sports Village.
The youth provision runs from U10s to U18s with a Premiership, Championship and League One structure to enable players to find an appropriate level of competition. The adult setup offers the same divisions with the addition of a recreational league that runs alongside the league structure and provides players with an opportunity to develop their skills in a relaxed small-sided format, before progressing into the competitive league.
The league itself provides a fantastic setting for its players to develop their football skills whilst benefiting from a safe, social environment, enhancing their life skills and confidence through football.
Disability Commissioning Model
Manchester County FA have produced a 'BUY IN' commissioning project for disability football for the 2015/16 and 2016/17 season. This model is split into three separate pots of funding which can be accessed on an application basis, alongside a plan of action with outlined exit routes to ensure that participation is sustainable.
The aim must be to sustain and increase participation within our disability provision at Manchester County FA for the next two seasons.
The FA Disability Talent Identification Programme
The Talent Identification Programme (TIPs) is part of the wider player development and talent pathway, helping to identify young disabled footballers between the ages of 10-16 who have one of the following:
- Cerebral Palsy
- Acquired Brain Injury
- Partially Sighted
- Deaf (Male & Female)
The aim of this localised 'Talent ID' programme is to not only identify these young disabled players, but to help them in their current and future development to become the best they can be, and to provide a pathway to play at the highest level suitable for each player.
Each player located through the programme will be monitored and signposted to a club or organisation that can continue to support their development, whether that is a regional centre of excellence, development squad or grassroots club.
Long-term, the pathway will provide exceptionally talented players with opportunities to represent England in international competitions such as the Paralympics and disability specific world tournaments. To register please see the contact information below.
Further Information & Contact
If you require any support please do not hesitate to get in touch with Steven Edwards (Football Development Officer - Disability) by clicking HERE or call 0161 225 1966.