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.

Following the Government’s announcement about a second lockdown coming into force throughout November, we want to update you on our football sessions this month.

Under the guidelines, we are NOT able to deliver any face-to-face football sessions. This means all of our football sessions are cancelled until after the 2 December.

We will instead deliver our Zoom football and social sessions.  You can check all the details to join the sessions below and we hope to see you there.

If you have any questions in the meantime please email us at: disability@albioninthecommunity.org.uk or call: 01273 668590 / 07876 898028.

Online Zoom sessions (November):

TUESDAYS

Session: Tuesday Night Zoom football 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: Football session for adult and junior players
Time: 9.45 – 11am
Zoom meeting: CLICK HERE to join
Meeting ID: 915 3827 3208
Password: 522271
NOTE: this session starts at 9.45am for social and at 10am we’ll start the physical activity.

 

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.