Middlesex FA would like to invite all clubs and leagues to take a lead on promoting disability football opportunities across the county.
Did you know we have 31 affiliated teams across the county? And various other recreational disability football sessions. We also have a large pan-disability league with 4 divisions, as well as a league that caters for adults with Mental Health conditions and a SEN Schools League?
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.
We are asking all grassroots clubs and leagues to pledge their support in promoting disability football as it’s everyones game.
Pledges can be made on 3 levels:
Minimum of 3 bronze level pledges to qualify.
Display MFA Club Directory in your club house and/or add the MFA Club Directory to your website*
Share the MFA Club Directory on your social media platforms
Audit the players within your club who have a disability
Plan to develop club facilities for disabled players & spectators
Attend MFA disability focus group
Promote any disability events
Put a coach/ committee member through the FA’s Safeguarding Adult’s course*
Minimum of 2 silver level pledges to qualify
Put a coach through the Coaching Disabled Footballers course
Run a Disability Awareness/ disability CPD workshop delivered by MFA or another equivalent organisation (DSC, Sense, National Autistic Society) for your club
Create a club disability champion to drive disability inclusivity at the club
Support aspiring disabled players to complete the FA’s Playmaker Course
Promote the England Disability Talent Pathway to eligible players at your club
Make at least one session inclusive for disabled people and advertise accordingly
Link with other local clubs to support delivery and networks
Mainstream clubs to link with disability club
Disability club to link with mainstream club
Minimum of 1 gold level pledge to qualify
Set up a youth disability team at your club
Set up an adult disability team at your club
Set up an impairment specific disability team at your club
Set up a recreational football session for people with a disability
Put a disabled player on the Level 1 Coaching
* compulsory and all clubs must make these pledges to be able to achieve the accreditation.
What’s included within your pledge?
- A digital copy of the MFA Disability Football Club Directory
- Marketing assets
- Promotion on MFA website that your club has achieved a We Are Inclusive Badge
- Support from MFA Inclusion Officer to continue to make your club inclusive for disabled people
- Access to the MFA disability support group
- Priority bookings on MFA disability events
Start Your Pledge Now
For more information about We Are Inclusive project or to ask any follow up questions, please contact Middlesex FA Inclusion Officer Lauren Mawdsley, via the details below.