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.

With the recent announcement of a new national lockdown until mid-February at the earliest, here at Albion in the Community we have adapted face-to-face group activities to virtual online delivery (where possible), to play our role in reducing the risk of the spread of Covid-19 and to keep our participants, staff and wider community safe.

We have therefore decided that all disability football activities are to be suspended and we will instead deliver Zoom activity and social sessions, online activities, challenges, wellbeing walks with one of our coaches (where possible) and regular communication with participants.

We acknowledge there is currently guidance permitting the delivery of ‘outdoor organised sport for people with a disability’, however taking into consideration a lack of venue availability, reduced staff capacity and the current heightened health risks; we have taken the decision not to do so at this time.

The charity will be regularly reviewing the situation in line with the Government, Premier League and FA guidance throughout January and February.

Please click here to access an easy read version of this update.

If anyone has any urgent questions, please contact us in the first instance by emailing: disability@albioninthecommunity.org.uk

Online Zoom football sessions

Tuesdays
Session: Zoom football session for adult and junior players
Time: 6 – 7pm
Zoom meeting: CLICK HERE to join
Meeting ID: 927 6536 5373
Passcode: 661821

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: 9.45 – 11am
Zoom meeting: CLICK HERE to join
Meeting ID: 915 3827 3208
Password: 522271
Please note: this session starts at 9.45am for social and the physical activity will start at 10am.

 

 

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 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.