Disability Football

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Within Kent our disability programme has continued to grow and we are leading the way in developing disability football initiatives.

As a player there are opportunities for any age and ability to join in either recreationally, through a Vauxhall Mash Up or Just Play, or competitively within our teams.
We have over 70 teams that cater for a range of impairments. 
We have grown our player development centre which has an excellent record of progressing players into national teams.

 

Kent Disability League

The Kent Disability League has gone from strength to strength from its creation in 2005.  With its own independent committee the league has grown with nine divisions from U11 through to adult.  The league runs separate Junior and Adult divisions with several tournament days throughout the year.

For further information please click on the link to the Kent Disability League Website

Player Development Centre

Our player development centre is based at K Sports, Station Road, Aylesford, ME206AU.  It runs throughout term time on a Monday night from 5.30 – 7pm.  Players aged 12 – 16 have individual training programmes written for them by our expert coaches to help them reach their full potential.

Our PDC comes highly recommended from the FA and this season has had a very positive monitoring report.  We have seen many players progress through to national teams through this centre.

To trial for the PDC contact lauren.cundy@kentfa.com 

 

Turn Up and Play Centres

 

The ‘Turn Up and Play’ Centres will be run by local community groups and organisations to offer football sessions for anyone who has a disability or impairment. The flexible sessions allow players not only to learn new football skills but to socialise, meet new friends and increase general health and fitness.  

Strood - Gillingham FC Community Trust
Strood Sports Centre
Tuesdays 6.30-7.30
£3 a session
Suitable for all ages/genders/ability levels
For more Information Contact: GFCCT@Priestfield.com/ 01634350125

Gillingham – Anchorians FC
Anchorians Sports Ground, Darland Avenue, Gillingham
Wednesday 6.00 -7.00
Youth Free/ Adults £2 a session
Suitable for all ages/genders/ability levels
For more Information Contact: AnchoriansCoach@outlook.com

Aylesford – Kent FA
K Sports, Station Road, Aylesford, Maidstone,  ME206AU
Mondays 7.00-8.00
£2 a session. Suitable for Ladies 16+

For more Information Contact: Lauren.cundy@kentfa.com

 

School Provision

School Club Link
This programme aims to get more school children involved in local clubs by supporting local clubs to run coaching sessions in schools with the long term aim of creating new teams to participate in the county disability league.

Kent School Games
Every other year the Kent FA run a disability football competition for schools from across Kent as part of the wider Kent School Games competition programme. This year’s event will be held at Polo Farm on the 25thJune 2017

Inter Schools Disability Football League
We run an Inter school disability league, with regular tournaments every 6 weeks. Schools from across the county compete against others in 3 different categories.

For further information contact lauren.cundy@kentfa.com

 

Mental Health Football

Football can have a major impact on mental health. It is thought to affect emotions, relationships, identity and self-esteem. In a recent study, one in four fans said football was one of the most important things in their lives.
We are committed to using football to tackle discrimination and enable people to live more independent and fulfilling lives.

Kent FA are currently looking for teams to join our NEW Mental Health League. This will help to provide players with Mental Health conditions with more regular localised football competition as opposed to one off events. We want to hear from individuals, organisations or teams that wish to join the league.

For further information contact lauren.cundy@kentfa.com

 

Impairment Specific Football

Deaf Football
Kent FA is committed to opening up football to deaf people. Deaf football is a relatively new initiative but we are making positive strides to attract more deaf players into the game.

Three of our Kent clubs have now achieved the prestigious Deaf Friendly Football Club award from the National Deaf Children’s Society. This award ensures that a club offers appropriate football coaching and resources for deaf players.

Deaf Friendly Football Clubs
Swanscombe Tigers FC (North Kent)  Peter Alloway – peter@invisionuk.com
Maidstone United FC (Mid and East Kent) Lorraine Hume – lozmaidstoneutd@btinternet.com
Canterbury City FC (East Kent) Sally Laker - SallyT22@googlemail.com
To contact Charlton Athletic Deaf FC, contact Steven Wynne – Stevo22@hotmail.com

Powerchair Football
Kent currently have two Powerchair football teams with other clubs looking to develop powerchair football alongside their mainstream teams.

Sevenoaks PFC - adam.mcevoy@thewfa.org.uk
Invicta PFC - nurinderb@gmail.com

For more information please contact, Adam McEvoy, South Powerchair Football Development Officer at The Wheelchair Football Association on adam.mcevoy@thewfa.org.uk

For more information on Disability Football in Kent contact Kent FA Football Development Officer, Lauren Cundy on Lauren.Cundy@kentfa.com or call 01622 791850

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