Sussex Disability Football League
The only Disability Football League within Sussex, providing playing opportunities, work experience and much more to all ages, gender and abilities. A unique community based group!
We provide playing opportunities to children and adults of all ages regardless of their disability. The League was originally set up in 2009 and offers competitive football at a central venue for both adult and youth teams. All matches are small-sided and played on an artificial 3G surface. All matches are officiated by fully qualified referees appointed by the League. We have players who have cerebral palsy, partially sighted, amputee, ADHD, Mental health, deaf and many more disabilities. Our league is run by a group of 10 volunteers who give up there time to meet as committee members, attend and organise match days and annual awards events. Our volunteers also deliver free workshops around Sussex encouraging organisations to educate them selves in Inclusive training.
How would this funding have an impact on your community?
Our vision is to continue to develop and grow the league each season, while maintaining the high level facilities, brilliant match day atmosphere and audience numbers that we have already gained. We aim to provide regular playing opportunities for Adults and Youths with disabilities. We would especially like to see the league attract more female and youth players.
Our league mission statement is:
“Providing a platform for children and adults with disabilities to play competitive football in Sussex, giving all a fair opportunity to play the game with enough challenge to develop”
The league is a base and foundation for further footballing opportunities where players have the chance to be scouted for England Talent Pathways. As a league we would like to be able to support our players who have various different disabilities to reach their full potential, whether this is playing, coaching, volunteering or refereeing.
This can only be achieved by providing a stable foundation each season with the assistance of funding. We have 300+ players playing with us every season and £500 would go along way to ensuring these opportunities are continued for 300+ people. We would like to use the £500 to support players to gain qualifications such as Level 1 coaching, Goal Keeping coaching. We are also working with the County FA to develop a level 1 that is adapted and suited to people with disabilities who may not be able to cope with the standard courses currently provided. We are able to provide them with links to the County FA who can provide them with working opportunities.This will encourage independence, confidence, knowledge and the qualifications to actively engage within society.
"Jade Harker - League Secretary
We are delighted to be able to provide playing, coaching and educational opportunities to people with disabilities using Football as a tool."
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