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Pledge Project

Somerset FA would like to invite all clubs and leagues to take the lead on promoting disability football opportunities across the region.

Disability Football is one of the beautiful game's greatest secrets and we need your support to promote the wide variety of opportunities across the region. 
We all too often hear stories of players dropping out of the mainstream game as clubs are unable to meet their needs. Promoting alternative opportunities or improving awareness could help keep players in the game we all love. 

Football’s biggest secret? Not anymore, this is why we are asking all grassroots clubs and leagues to pledge their support to promoting disability football.
What Is The Pledge Project?

The Pledge Project is a campaign that clubs and leagues can sign up to which helps raise the awareness of disability football across our region.

Who Can Sign Up For The Pledge Project?

All Somerset FA grassroots clubs and leagues (Youth and Adult) can sign up to the Pledge Project. We especially want to hear from mainstream grassroots club who don’t offer disability football within their club.

Why Should Our Club Sign Up For The Pledge Project?

It could make a real difference and if just one person from your area finds disability football as a result of your efforts then it will be worth it.

In its simplest form a pledge could be to share the Somerset FA Disability Club Directory in your club house, on your website or via social media. By helping us promote the Club Directory and Disability Football a player, opposition, sibling, parent, supporter, player or coach might see this and lead to a new player with a disability into joining a local club.

What Does Our Club Have To Do If We Sign Up For The Pledge Project?

Clubs & leagues decide their own Pledge. It can be big or small and suit the ambitions of the club or league. 

To help clubs devise their pledges we have put together some examples which have been submitted by our current Pledge Clubs. We have split these example pledges into 3 levels which relate to the time and resources needed to complete a pledge; 

Bronze = Minimal Time/Minimal costs.
Silver = One off events/some cost.
Gold = Weekly Commitment/Higher cost.


You can pledge just to do one thing or you could pledge to do 10 things. Regardless of size it will contribute to raising awareness of disability football in the local community.

Bronze Level – Raising Awareness - £10 voucher
Display Somerset FA Club Directory in your club house
Add the Club Directory to your website
Share the Club Directory on your social media platforms 
Audit the players within your club/league who have disabilities 
Plan to develop club facilities for players & spectators with disabilities

Silver Level – Inclusive Opportunities - £20 voucher
Put a coach through the coaching disabled footballers course 
Put a coach through Inclusive Activity Program by Activity Alliance
Create a club disability football development group 
Host Disability Specific CPD workshops at your club 
Provide coaching opportunities for individuals with disabilities
Promote the England Disability Talent Pathway to eligible players at your club
Audit the players within your club/league who have disabilities 

Gold Level – Disability Specific Opportunities - £30 voucher
Host a recreational disability football centre at your club 
Set up and affiliate a new/additional youth disability team at your club 
Set up and affiliate a new/additional adult disability team at your club 
Set up and affiliate a new/additional impairment specific disability team at your club 
Audit the players within your club/league who have disabilities 

Club Incentive Scheme

Upon committing to a pledge every club will receive:

Our Pledge Card with details of their pledge
A hard copy of the Somerset FA Disability Football Club Directory
A digital copy of the Somerset FA Disability Football Club Directory
A disability football club engagement guide

Club Support;

Upon committing to a pledge every club will receive:

A Pledge Card with details of their pledge.
A dedicated staff member on hand to support clubs throughout the pledge process.
A professionally printed hard copy of the Somerset FA Disability Football Club Directory.
A high quality digital copy of the Somerset FA Disability Football Club Directory.
A disability football club engagement guide.
Access to our national ‘Pledge Club’ Hive Network. This is an Idea sharing platform linking all National Pledge Clubs.

 

Get In Touch

Nick.Hawkins@somersetfa.com

01458 832 359