Somerset FA offers a thriving and continually developing opportunities and a playing pathway for young players, adults both male and female with a disability. Whether it is as a player, a coach, a referee or supporting the game as an administrator or volunteer, there is an opportunity for all.
There are a number of opportunities available to get involved in disability football and to find out more information, please see below:
Somerset FA is dedicated to developing the coaching workforce within the county to support the delivery of disability football. We offer support through our Disability specific FA Coach Mentor to existing coaches and new coaches delivering disability specific coaching sessions.
Somerset FA offers the FA Coaching Disabled Footballers Course twice each season for all coaches aspiring to work within Disability Football in the county. For more information on this course please visit our courses page.
The FA National Elite Disability Player Pathway
Somerset FA is dedicated to supporting all levels of disability football, actively seeking and supporting talented players with a disability within the county to access regional and national opportunities. As a player, if you want to strive to be the best within the game then there is a structured pathway to aid your development.
As part of the commitment from The FA and County FAs to continually improve the opportunities for disabled players, 13 Regional Talent Hubs have been put in place across the Country. These Talent Hubs will give young footballers aged 7-11 years and 12-16 years who have cerebral palsy, hearing impairments or are partially sighted the opportunity to progress into a talent development programme, the FA Player Pathway and possibly into the elite England Impairment Specific squads.
For more information on the FA Regional Disability Talent Hubs, please contact Jason Lee Disability Football Development Officer at Gloucestershire FA: Jason.Lee@gloucestershirefa.com
Disability Football within Education
Somerset FA works closely with all 14 special schools in the area together with mainstream schools to support players with a disability. We provide an expansive Inclusive Schools League which offers schools and players a competitive league structure each season.
Somerset FA work closely with all FE/HE providers in the county to offer opportunities to all students with a disability the opportunity to access football through links to local football clubs and 23 recreational turn up and play centres throughout Somerset.
Disability Steering Group
Do you live in Somerset? Are you passionate about disability football? Want to make a difference and to have your say on how disability football is delivered within the county?
The disability steering group meets three times a season and leads on shaping delivery and development of disability football within Somerset. To be part of a dynamic and forward thinking group, contact the Disability Football Development Officer.