Football for people with a disability - Albion in the Community

Football for people with a disability

We are the largest provider of football opportunities for people with a disability in Sussex - giving people of all ages and abilities the chance to take part in fun and competitive sport.

The sessions below are for players who are part of our membership programme. If you don’t have a membership, you can book it here.

We run a wide range of regular sessions across Sussex specifically aimed at people with a disability. These include inclusive, disability-specific and age-specific sessions. If you want to find out more about them, click here.

Any questions in the meantime, just drop us an email at: disability@albioninthecommunity.org.uk.

During the sessions:

  • We will aim to limit physical contact time between players.
  • Our coaches will be stricter on social distancing among players.
  • Activities will be spread across bigger spaces with reduced group sizes.
  • We will ensure high standards of hygiene.
  • Staff will complete all necessary cleaning and Covid-19 procedures.

 

Face-to-face football sessions:

Mondays

Session: Amputee (adults)

Age group: 15+ years
Time: 7 – 8.45pm.
Dates: 4, 11 and 18 October
Venue: Patcham High School, Ladies’ Mile Rd, Patcham, Brighton BN1 8PB.

Session: Cerebral palsy (adults)

Age group: 15+ years
Time: 7 – 8.45pm.
Dates: 4, 11 and 18 October
Venue: Patcham High School, Ladies’ Mile Rd, Patcham, Brighton BN1 8PB.

Session: Deaf team (adults)

Age group: 15+ years
Time: 7 – 8.45pm.
Dates: 4, 11 and 18 October
Venue: Patcham High School, Ladies’ Mile Rd, Patcham, Brighton BN1 8PB.

Session: Adult development squad (invite only)

Age group: 15+ years
Time: 7 – 8.45pm.
Dates: 4, 11 and 18 October
Venue: Patcham High School, Ladies’ Mile Rd, Patcham, Brighton BN1 8PB.

Session: Junior development squad (invite only)

Age group: 10+ years
Time: 7 – 8pm
Dates: 4, 11 and 18 October
Venue: Patcham High School, Ladies’ Mile Rd, Patcham, Brighton BN1 8PB.

Tuesdays

Session: Junior development squad (invite only)

Age group: 10+ years
Time: 5 – 6pm
Dates: 5, 12 and 19 October.
Venue: Causeway School, Larkspur Drive, Eastbourne, BN23 8EJ (3G).

Session: Adult development squad (invite only)

Age group: 16+ years
Time: 6 – 7.30pm
Dates: 5, 12 and 19 October.
Venue: Causeway School, Larkspur Drive, Eastbourne, BN23 8EJ (3G).

Session: Mental wellbeing (adults)

Age group: 16+ years
Time: 6 – 7.30pm
Dates: 5, 12 and 19 October.
Venue: Causeway School, Larkspur Drive, Eastbourne, BN23 8EJ (3G).

Fridays

Session: Mental wellbeing (adults)

Age group: 16+ years
Time: 2 – 3pm
Dates: 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 October.
Venue: Worthing Leisure Centre, Shaftesbury Ave, Goring-by-Sea, Worthing BN12 4ET (AstroTurf pitch).

Saturdays – Inclusive football

Session: Worthing Inclusive (juniors and adults)

Age group: 6+ years.
Time: juniors 9.30 – 10.30am, adults 10.30am – 12pm.
Dates: 2, 9, 16 and 23 October.
Venue: Durrington High School, The Boulevard, Worthing, BN13 1JX (AstroTurf pitch).

Session: Eastbourne Inclusive (juniors indoors and adults)

Age group: 6+ years.
Time: juniors 11.30am – 12.30pm, adults 10 – 11.30am.
Dates: 2, 9, 16 and 23 October.
Venue: Eastbourne Sports Park, Cross Levels Way, Eastbourne, BN21 2UF ((adults 3G pitch, juniors indoors).

Session: Horsham Inclusive (juniors and adults)

Age group: 6+ years.
Time: juniors 9.30 – 10.30am, adults 10.30am – 12pm.
Dates: 2, 9, 16 and 23 October.
Venue: The Forest School, Comptons Ln, Horsham RH13 5NT (indoor sports hall).

Session: Brighton Inclusive (juniors and adults) 

Age group: 6+ years.
Time: juniors 10.30 – 11.30am, adults 11.30am – 1pm.
Dates: 2, 9, 16 and 23 October.
Venue: University of Brighton Sports Centre, Village Way, Falmer, Brighton BN1 9PH (AstroTurf).

Please note:

  • If you are using our car parks please remember to enter your car registration details on one of the iPads in the reception areas within 30 minutes of arrival to avoid a parking fine.
Session: Burgess Hill Inclusive (juniors and adults)

Age group: 6+ years.
Time: juniors 11.30am – 12.30pm, adults 10am – 11.30am.
Dates: 2, 9, 16 and 23 October.
Venue: The Burgess Hill Academy, Station Road, Burgess Hill RH15 9EA (Pitch 3 – AstroTurf).

 

Sundays – Disability specific

Session: Brighton (juniors)

Age group: 4 – 9 years.
Time: 9.30 – 10.30am.
Dates: 3, 17 and 31 October.
Venue: Sussex Uni Sport Centre, University of Sussex, Sportcentre Rd, Falmer, Brighton BN1 9RB.

Session: Cerebral palsy and frame football (juniors)

Age group: 6+ years.
Time: 9.30 – 10.30am.
Dates: 3, 17 and 31 October.
Venue: Sussex Uni Sport Centre, University of Sussex, Sportcentre Rd, Falmer, Brighton BN1 9RB (indoors).

Session: Sunday adults

Age group: 15+ years.
Time: 10.30am – 12pm.
Dates: 3, 17 and 31 October.
Venue: Sussex Uni Sport Centre, University of Sussex, Sportcentre Rd, Falmer, Brighton BN1 9RB (indoors).

Session:  Learning disability (adults)

Age group: 15+ years.
Time: 10.30am – 12pm.
Dates: 3, 17 and 31 October.
Venue:  Sussex Uni Sport Centre, University of Sussex, Sportcentre Rd, Falmer, Brighton BN1 9RB (indoors).

Session: Goalkeeper training (juniors and adults)

Age group: 6+ years.
Time: 11.30am – 1pm.
Dates: 3, 17 and 31 October.
Venue: Falmer Sports Complex (ATP), Pavillion Road, Brighton, BN1 9PJ (AstroTurf).

Session: AITC DS (Down’s syndrome)

Age group: 6+ years.
Time: 1 – 2.15pm.
Dates: 3, 17 and 31 October.
Venue: Falmer Sports Complex (ATP), Pavillion Road, Brighton, BN1 9PJ (AstroTurf).

Session: Women and girls (adults and juniors)

Age group: 6+ years.
Time: 1 – 2.15pm.
Dates: 3, 17 and 31 October.
Venue: Falmer Sports Complex (ATP), Pavillion Road, Brighton, BN1 9PJ (AstroTurf).

Session: Autism-friendly (adults and juniors)

Age group: 6+ years.
Time: 2.30 – 4pm.
Dates: 3, 17 and 31 October.
Venue: Falmer Sports Complex (ATP), Pavillion Road, Brighton, BN1 9PJ (AstroTurf).

Session: Recreational wheelchair (for all players)

Age group: 6+ years.
Time: 2 – 3.30pm.
Dates: 3 and 31 October.
Venue: Portslade Sports Centre, Chalky Rd, Mile Oak, Portslade, Brighton BN41 2WS.
Note: we will be able to provide a small selection of powerchairs for novice players to try.

 

Online Zoom football sessions

Wednesdays

Session: Wellbeing catch-up for adult and junior players (no football activity)

Time: 4.30 – 5.15pm
Zoom meeting: CLICK HERE to join
Meeting ID: 961 8506 5709
Password: 408377

Saturdays

Session: Zoom football session for adult and junior players

Time: 9.30 – 10.15am
Zoom meeting: CLICK HERE to join
Meeting ID: 915 3827 3208
Password: 522271

 

Inclusive football

We currently run a host of football sessions for players with a disability at venues throughout Sussex, including regular sessions in Eastbourne, Burgess Hill, Worthing, Brighton, Lancing (adult only), Horsham and Chichester.

These 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 these sessions email: disability@albioninthecommunity.org.uk or call 07876898028.

Disability-specific football

As well as our inclusive football sessions we also run a number of disability-specific football sessions for people of all ages at venues throughout Sussex. This includes sessions focused on the players with any of the following disabilities:

  • Down’s syndrome.
  • Partially-sighted or registered blind.
  • On the autistic spectrum.
  • An amputee or have a congenital limb deficiency.
  • Cerebral palsy and/or require a frame.
  • Deaf or hearing impairment.
  • Learning disabilities.
  • Adults who have or have had mental health problems.
  • A physical disability and/or are a wheelchair user.

We have introduced a bespoke football curriculum for each of our programmes, which fit each activity and the ability levels of participants. We incorporate some of the club’s playing philosophies within these curriculums to ensure our players play the Brighton & Hove Albion way. 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 our disability-specific sessions email: disability@albioninthecommunity.org.uk or call: 01273 668590.

Football pathway and FA talent programmes

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

We host two weekly invitation-only high-performance adult sessions on Tuesday evenings in East Sussex and West Sussex. The sessions are open to all our players who want to develop and improve their football. Where possible the pathway sessions take place at Brighton & Hove Albion’s American Express Elite Football Performance Centre in Lancing.

We also operate two FA regional talent programmes – including a talent hub for players who are partially-sighted, deaf or have cerebral palsy, where they receive expert coaching in futsal. The hub forms a crucial element of the FA’s national pathway and offers local players the chance to progress to international honours. The talent hub runs every other Saturday from October to June at Brighton Aldridge Community academy (BACA) in Brighton.

In addition, we also operate an FA talent support programme for players who are blind. It provides one-to-one coaching to locally-based players on a regular basis.

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

National disability-specific teams

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

Our roster of teams currently includes:

  • Brighton & Hove Albion Cerebral Palsy FC: an adult, seven-a-side team that 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.
  • Brighton & Hove Albion Amputee FC: an adult, seven-a-side team that train and play against teams from all over the country in the National Amputee Football League. Training takes place every Monday between 8pm and 9.30pm.
  • Brighton & Hove Albion Deaf FC: an adult, 11-a-side team for people with hearing impairments. Training takes place every Tuesday between 8pm and 9.30pm and the team play in England Deaf Football’s National Deaf League.
  • Brighton & Hove Albion Powerchair FC: we currently have two powerchair teams. One competes in the top division of the national league and are also reigning regional champions in the South East Regional League. Our other powerchair team play in the South East Regional League. Powerchair football is a four-a-side game played on an indoor court. Training takes place every Tuesday at Littlehampton Academy.