Disability Football Report for the 2017/2018 season
Middlesex FA continues to work with numerous partners across the county to ensure the successful delivery of disability football.
Middlesex PAN Disability League
The Middlesex FA PAN Disability League has just completed the 2017/2018 season which saw 21 teams competing across 4 divisions; Red, Blue, Green & Yellow as well as competing in the PAN Disability County Cup Competition on the 3rd June 2018.
Goals Soccer Centre Ruislip, The FA and local disability clubs continue to financially support the league to allow for facility hire, payments to referees and ordering of medals/trophies.
This year in the PAN Disability league we’ve seen:
- 6,000 minutes of football played
- 211 players registered in the league
- 21 teams across 4 divisions
- 765 goals scored
North West London Mental Health League
Alongside the PAN Disability League, Middlesex FA work closely with the NHS and Brunel University to deliver a Mental Health League for 7 teams to compete on a monthly basis. The NHS financially support teams to become affiliated and enter the league whilst Brunel University provide discounts on the pitch hire. This league is supporting people with mental health challenge use football as a way to support their recovery.
This year in the North West London league we’ve seen:
- 7 team affiliated
- 72 league matches played
- Over 1,000 minutes of football
- 138 goals scored
- 191 point won
SEN Schools League
Middlesex FA have engaged with a local grassroots development club, Kinja FC, to support with the delivery of the Special Educational Needs Schools League. This weekly league takes place at Goals Soccer Centre Ruislip with 8-10 schools competing over four bandings; U16 MLD Boys, U14 MLD Boys, SLD Boys Open Aged and Girls Open Aged. Kinja FC organise and deliver the league on a weekly basis as well as provide a number of the schools with free football coaching, whilst Goals Soccer Centre Ruislip continue to provide the facility at a discounted rate.
Turn Up & Play Centre Sessions
Turn Up & Play Centre sessions have been set up in the County to allow for people with disabilities to enjoy football in a recreational capacity. We’ve seen 5 new sessions set up this season and created some great links with grassroots clubs (Hendon FC, Wingate & Finchley FC, Kinja FC and North Greenford United) to help deliver these sessions. We’ve delivered over 152 hours of football engaging 15% females and 34% of participants have never played football before these sessions.
We’ve also created a short video on one of the sessions with Hendon FC - http://www.middlesexfa.com/players/disability
FA Disability Talent Hub
Middlesex FA continues to support young players with a disability to progress through talent programmes. We’ve supported the delivery of a West London Talent Hub based out of Hampton School. This has provided young people the opportunity to develop with experienced coaches and prepare to hopefully move onto future England squads.
The hub will continue into the 2018/2019 season and we hope to attract new players with cerebral palsy, visual impairments and hearing impairments.
FA People’s Cup
For the first time, Middlesex FA hosted an FA People’s Cup event that allowed disability teams in 3 categories to take part and be in with a chance of progressing to play in the finals at St. George’s Park.
Over the past season, Middlesex FA has tried to engage with new partners to try and attract more disabled people to different formats of football. We’re working hard to be more inclusive and looking for partners to work with us to create exciting new opportunities to help make football ForAll.