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 (SEPTEMBER)

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

TUESDAYS

Session: Eastbourne Inclusive football (juniors)
Age group: 5+ years old
Time: 5pm – 6pm
Dates: 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th
Venue: Causeway School, Eastbourne BN23 8EJ

Session: Eastbourne Inclusive football (adults)
Age group: 15+ years old
Time: 6pm – 7:30pm
Dates: 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th
Venue: Causeway School, Eastbourne BN23 8EJ

Session: Worthing Inclusive football (juniors)
Age group: 5+ years old
Time: 5pm – 6pm
Dates: 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th
Venue: Durrington high school, Worthing BN13 1JX

Session: Worthing Inclusive football (adults)
Age group: 15+ years old
Time: 6pm – 7:30pm
Dates: 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th
Venue: Durrington high school, Worthing BN13 1JX

SATURDAYS (INCLUSIVE FOOTBALL)

Session: Brighton Inclusive football (juniors)
Age group: 5+ years old
Time: 9am-10am
Dates: 5th
Venue: Brighton Rugby Club Brighton, BN1 8YR

Session: Brighton Inclusive football (adults)
Age group: 15+ years old
Time: 10am-11am
Dates: 5th
Venue: Brighton Rugby Club Brighton, BN1 8YR

Session: Brighton Inclusive football (juniors)
Age group: 5+ years old
Time: 11am-12pm
Dates: 12th, 19th, 26th
Venue: Falmer Sports centre Brighton, BN1 9PH

Session: Brighton Inclusive football (adults)
Age group: 15+ years old
Time: 12am-1.30pm
Dates: 12th, 19th, 26th
Venue: Falmer Sports centre Brighton, BN1 9PH

 

ONLINE (Zoom):

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

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

 

Safeguarding: virtual drop-in sessions

To ensure we continue to give everyone the opportunity to discuss any safeguarding issues with us, we are introducing a regular virtual drop-in: a safe online space for young people or parents/carers to raise any concerns they may have relating to the welfare of any children or adults connected with the club or charity.

Members of the safeguarding team will be available to speak to you privately about anything safeguarding or welfare related. Only one person (or family members joining together) will be permitted into the meeting at a time. Two members of staff from the safeguarding team will be in the call to listen and provide advice.

How to join the session: you don’t need to book a slot, just wait a few minutes for a slot to become available and you’ll be let into the meeting. If you can’t make the drop in time you can still just email Sacha.kent@albioninthecommunity.org.uk at any time to raise any issues.

This month’s safeguarding drop-in dates and times are below.

  • Wednesday 2nd September -6-7pm  – Zoom ID 363 156 0078
  • Thursday 10th September – 6-7pm – Zoom ID 363 156 0078
  • Thursday 17th September  – 6-7pm –  Zoom ID 363 156 0078
  • Thursday 24th September – 6-7pm – Zoom ID 363 156 0078

The link to join any of the sessions is: Link to join Zoom session.