Boroughbridge Junior Football Club
Football for all, launched in North Yorkshire.
Boroughbridge Junior Football Club in North Yorkshire serves the local community and surrounding villages. As well as many families based at Dishforth Camp, home of the Army Air Corp. More than 20 coaches and helpers provide coaching for both boys and girls, with different abilities from ages five to seventeen years.
We are an FA Charter Standard Club which is a ‘kitemark’ awarded to football clubs who provide a safe, high-quality football experience for children. FA Charter Standard Clubs are also proven to be well-run, sustainable and importantly place child protection, quality coaching and safety paramount. The club is affiliated to the West Riding County Football Association. We believe children of all abilities can enjoy football and benefit socially, by playing in a team, physically, but staying fit and healthy by providing interactive and stimulating sessions that build confidence and enhance well-being.
How would this funding have an impact on your community?
We wish to establish a team for both boys and girls under sixteen with what could be termed a disability, be that with learning disabilities, physical or pan-disability. The reason being that we don’t think anyone should be excluded from playing a sport, or enjoying the same experience as able-bodied children.
This venture will require investment in specialist training equipment to cater for the range of physical disabilities. It will also cater for additional training of new coaches who will then be bale to provide high intensity training. We will also need to hire indoor pitches to ensure wheelchair bound children are not excluded.
We have already been contacted by some 20 parents from the area with kids who have been crying out for football training in the area. We have also been contacted by a number of coaches, and parents who would personally like to be involved. We can cater for as many children who want to take part, and ages up to under 17 years, so no children will be excluded. With more than 20 players expected, we will have enough to join a league, when they are ready.
The disabled team will be considered in the same as any other age group team at the club – no different. We also want to involve our able-bodied players in the older age groups (15-17 years) in the coaching to give them experience of working with children with disabilities to given them new insights in the challenges they have as athletes. We organise trips to matches throughout the season, and we would include our teammates from the disabled in those outings.
This is a long-term initiative that will be in place for many years to come and as the word gets about we are convinced that more disabled children will join as well as from the growing local army base, which is due to grow as more families are transferred from Germany bases in the summer.
""Working with children with a disability and giving them the opportunity to enjoy football as other children do has been hugely rewarding for everyone involved in the club. Setting up a disabled team for children is something you can only do with help to invest in training for coaches and equipment that enables young people to enjoy playing the game we all love.""