Disability football

Our disability department is the largest provider of disability football in Sussex - giving people of all ages and abilities the chance to take part in fun and competitive sport.

Community football hubs

We currently run a host of disability football sessions at venues throughout Sussex, including six regular hub clubs in Eastbourne, Burgess Hill, Worthing, Brighton, Horsham and Chichester.

These hub club sessions are open to anyone with a disability who is aged five and over who wants to play regular football. Everyone is welcome and our qualified coaches make sure all the players are given the opportunity to experience the many benefits of taking part in regular sport.

For more information on hub club sessions email: disability@albioninthecommunity.org.uk or call 01273 668590.

 

Disability-specific football

As well as our hub clubs, we also run various football sessions for people of all ages at venues throughout Sussex. This includes sessions for players who have Down’s syndrome, a hearing impairment, or are partially-sighted. New sessions are planned for those on the autistic spectrum, players who have cerebral palsy and/or require a frame, players who are deaf and anyone who has dyspraxia.

Our qualified coaches make sure all the players are given the opportunity to experience the many benefits of taking part in regular sport.

For more information on disability-specific sessions email: disability@albioninthecommunity.org.uk or call 01273 668590.

 

Disability football pathway and FA talent programmes

There are also a number of player development sessions for both adult and junior players including two FA regional talent centres. The pathways are part of our players’ development in football and offer appropriate opportunities at different levels.

Our disability team hosts a fortnightly player development centre (PDC) on a Saturday. The centre is open to all our disability players who want to develop and improve their football. We also run an adult PDC on Wednesday afternoons and a high performance (invitation only) adult session on Tuesday evenings. All of the centres run at Brighton & Hove Albion’s American Express Elite Football Performance Centre in Lancing.

We also operate two FA Regional Talent centres – one for partially sighted and deaf futsal players and the other for blind footballers. The centres form a crucial element of the FA’s national pathway for disability football and offer local players the chance to progress to international honours. Both centres run every Saturday from October to May at Brighton Aldridge Community academy (BACA) in Brighton.

For more information on disability pathway programmes email: disability@albioninthecommunity.org.uk or call 01273 668590.

 

Disability league teams

Many of our players want to take part in regular competitive football and we run a number of teams who play in the Sussex County FA Disability League.

Games take place at Sussex FA’s Culver Road stadium in Lancing, usually on the third Sunday of each month between September and June.

Launched in 2009, the league provides competitive football for both adults and youth teams. All matches are seven-a-side and played on an artificial 3G pitch.

For more information or to find your nearest team, email: disability@albioninthecommunity.org.uk or call 01273 668590.

 

National disability-specific teams

There are a also number of disability-specific teams, including some that compete at regional and national level. All our squads, with the exception of its powerchair teams, train regularly at Brighton & Hove Albion’s American Express Elite Football Performance Centre in Lancing.

Brighton & Hove Albion Cerebral Palsy FC seven-a-side team train and play against teams from all over the country in the National Cerebral Palsy Football League. Training takes place every Monday between 8pm and 9.30pm.

Launched earlier this year, Brighton & Hove Albion Amputee football team is one of our newest teams and are set to compete nationally in the 2016/17 season. Training takes place every Monday between 8pm and 10pm.

We have recently teamed up with an existing team to form Brighton & Hove Albion Deaf Football Club – an adult 11-a-side team for people with hearing impairments. Training takes place every Tuesday between 8pm and 10pm and the team will play in England Deaf Football’s National Deaf League.

Brighton & Hove Albion Powerchair FC is one of two powerchair teams that are run by Albion in the Community. Powerchair football is a four-a-side game played on an indoor court and Brighton & Hove Albion Powerchair FC currently compete in the top division of the national league. They are also reigning regional champions in the South East Regional League and train twice a week, every Tuesday in Angmering and Sundays in Storrington.

Our second powerchair team, Brighton & Hove Seagulls, play in the South East Regional League and train once a week, also at Angmering on a Tuesday evening.

For more information or to join one of our teams email: disability@albioninthecommunity.org.uk or call 01273 668590.