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Albion in the Community (AITC) is supporting a campaign to encourage football clubs across Sussex to help people with a disability enjoy playing or watching the sport.

AITC is the largest provider of football opportunities for people with a disability in the area and delivers more than 25 regular sessions across the county.

It runs fully-inclusive junior and adult football sessions in Brighton, Worthing, Eastbourne, Horsham, Chichester and Burgess Hill and has a growing number of...

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Albion in the Community supporting county-wide drive to improve football for people with a disability

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Albion in the Community (AITC) is supporting a campaign to encourage football clubs across Sussex to help people with a disability enjoy playing or watching the sport.

AITC is the largest provider of football opportunities for people with a disability in the area and delivers more than 25 regular sessions across the county.

It runs fully-inclusive junior and adult football sessions in Brighton, Worthing, Eastbourne, Horsham, Chichester and Burgess Hill and has a growing number of disability-specific sessions.

AITC also runs a range of teams that compete at a local, regional and national level, including many that play under the Brighton & Hove Albion banner, such as Brighton & Hove Albion Powerchair FC and Brighton & Hove Albion Amputee FC.

The charity, which this year is celebrating 20 years of the Albion’s disability football work, is now backing Sussex County FA’s efforts to collect pledges from local clubs aimed at improving football opportunities for people with a disability.

A number of clubs have already signed up to Sussex County FA’s Disability Football Pledge project and AITC is keen to hear from any teams that would appreciate some guidance or support.

AITC’s disability manager Paul Brackley and Sussex County FA’s disability football development officer Jade Harker recently spoke to more than 40 junior clubs at the AGM of the Horsham Youth League.

And AITC has now issued its own pledge, which reads: “Albion in the Community will continue to provide the best possible opportunities for people with a disability to participate in football at all levels, with a clear pathway available to players who have the talent and desire to compete locally, regionally and nationally.

“The charity will also continue to promote and raise awareness of disability sport while also improving the quality of specialist coaching available to players with a disability.”

More than 250 people take part in AITC’s regular inclusive football sessions while the charity is also working with a growing number of local SEND schools in an attempt to improve PE and school sport provision locally. AITC also delivers disability awareness training to local schools, colleges and businesses.

Paul Brackley, AITC’s disability manager, said: “Providing people who have a disability with the opportunity to play football is something that is incredibly important to everyone at Albion in the Community and we are delighted to support Sussex County FA’s Disability Football Pledge project.

“It is fantastic to see so many local clubs and organisations embracing disability football. Well done to Sussex County FA for making sure it is something more and more people are taking an interest in.”

For more information on AITC’s regular inclusive football sessions, or to find out how AITC can support your grassroots club, email: disability@albioninthecommunity.org.uk.