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.

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 01273 668590.

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 compete 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.

 

FOOTBALL TIMETABLE (OCTOBER)

Open to all AITC Disability members, to book a session just email: disability@albioninthecommunity.org.uk OR call 01273 668590 / 07876898028.

Face-to-face sessions:

Monday

Session: Amputee (adults)
Age group: 15+ years
Time: 8:30pm – 10pm
Dates: 5, 12, 19 October
Venue: University of Sussex, 3G Brighton, BN1 9PL
Matchday info pack: check here

Session: Cerebral Palsy (adults)
Age group: 15+ years
Time: 8:30pm – 10pm
Dates: 5, 12, 19 October
Venue: University of Sussex, 3G Brighton, BN1 9PL
Matchday info pack: check here

Session: Deaf team (adults)
Age group: 15+ years
Time: 8:30pm – 10pm
Dates: 5, 12, 19 October
Venue: University of Sussex, 3G Brighton, BN1 9PL
Matchday info pack: check here

Session: Adult Development  Squad- Invite only
Age group: 15+ years
Time: 8:30pm – 10pm
Dates: 5, 12, 19 October
Venue: University of Sussex, 3G Brighton, BN1 9PL
Matchday info pack: check here

Session: Junior Development Squad- Invite only 
Age group: 10+ years
Time: 7pm – 8pm
Dates: 5, 12, 19 October
Venue: University of Sussex, Astro Brighton, BN1 9PL
Matchday info pack: check here

Tuesday

Session: Junior Development Squad- Invite only
Age group: 10+ years
Time: 5pm – 6pm
Dates: 6, 13, 20 October
Venue: Causeway School Eastbourne BN23 8EJ

Session: Adult Development Squad- Invite only
Age group: 16+ years
Time: 6pm – 7.30pm
Dates: 6, 13, 20 October
Venue: Causeway School Eastbourne BN23 8EJ

Session: Mental Wellbeing (adults)
Age group: 16+ years
Time: 6pm – 7.30pm
Dates: 6, 13, 20 October
Venue: Causeway School Eastbourne BN23 8EJ

Saturday – Inclusive football

Session: Worthing Inclusive (juniors)
Age group: 6+ years
Time: Juniors 10am-11am, Adults 11am-12.30pm
Dates: 3, 10, 17, 24 October
Venue: Durrington High School Worthing, BN13 1JX

Session: Eastbourne Inclusive (juniors)
Age group: 6+ years
Time: Juniors 11.30am – 12.30pm, Adults 10am – 11.30am
Dates: 3, 10, 17, 24 October
Venue: Eastbourne Sports Park, Eastbourne,BN21 2UF

Session: Brighton Inclusive (juniors)
Age group: 6+ years
Time: Juniors 9.30am – 10.30am, Adults 10.30am – 11.30am
Dates: 3, 10, 17, 24 October
Venue: The Holbrook Club, Horsham, RH12 5PJ

Session: Horsham Inclusive (juniors)
Age group: 6+ years
Time: Juniors 10.30am – 11.30am, Adults 11.30am – 1pm
Dates: 3, 10, 17, 24 October
Venue: Falmer Sports Centre, Brighton, BN1 9PH

Sunday – Disability specific

Session: Brighton (juniors)
Age group: 4 – 9 years
Time: 9:30am – 10.30am
Dates: 4, 18 October and 1 November
Venue: University of Sussex, ATP Brighton, BN1 9PL
Matchday info pack: check here

Session: Learning Disability (juniors)
Age group: 6 – 15 years
Time: 9:30am – 10.30am
Dates: 4, 18 October and 1 November
Venue: University of Sussex, ATP Brighton, BN1 9PL
Matchday info pack: check here

Session: Cerebral Palsy (juniors)
Age group: 6+ years
Time: 10:30am – 11.30am
Dates: 4, 18 October and 1 November
Venue: University of Sussex, ATP Brighton, BN1 9PL
Matchday info pack: check here

Session: Partially Sighted and Deaf (juniors)
Age group: 6+ years
Time: 10:30am – 11.30am
Dates: 4, 18 October and 1 November
Venue: University of Sussex, ATP Brighton, BN1 9PL
Matchday info pack: check here

Session: Sunday Adults (adults)
Age group: 15+ years
Time: 11:30am – 1pm
Dates: 4, 18 October and 1 November
Venue: University of Sussex, ATP Brighton, BN1 9PL
Matchday info pack: check here

Session:  Learning Disability (adults)
Age group: 15+ years
Time: 11:30am – 1pm
Dates: 4, 18 October and 1 November
Venue: University of Sussex, ATP Brighton, BN1 9PL
Matchday info pack: check here

Session: AITC DS (Down’s syndrome)
Age group: 6+ years
Time: 1pm – 2.15pm
Dates: 4, 18 October and 1 November
Venue: University of Sussex, ATP Brighton, BN1 9PL
Matchday info pack: check here

Session: Women & Girls (juniors + adults)
Age group: 6+ years
Time: 1pm – 2.15pm
Dates: 4, 18 October and 1 November
Venue: University of Sussex, ATP Brighton, BN1 9PL
Matchday info pack: check here

Session: Autism-friendly (juniors + adults)
Age group: 6+ years
Time: 2.30pm – 4pm
Dates: 4, 18 October and 1 November
Venue: University of Sussex, ATP Brighton, BN1 9PL
Matchday info pack: check here

 

Online (Zoom) sessions:

Session: Wellbeing catch-up for adult and junior players (no football activity)
Day: Wednesdays
Time: 4.30pm – 5.15pm
Zoom meeting: CLICK HERE to join
Meeting ID: 961 8506 5709
Password: 408377

Session: Football session for adult and junior players
Day: Saturdays
Time: 10am – 11am
Zoom meeting: CLICK HERE to join
Meeting ID: 915 3827 3208
Password: 522271