Devon Ability Counts League
The Devon Ability Counts League aim to offer adults and children with additional needs & disabilities the opportunity to play Football in Devon in a fun, inclusive and friendly environment
The Devon Ability Counts League provides playing opportunities to children and adults of all ages regardless of their disability. The league was formed in 2009 and offers competitive football at a central venue for both adult and youth teams. This includes over 25 clubs, over 60 teams and over 600 adults and children with disabilities across Devon. All matches are small-sided and played on grass Football pitches and artificial 3G surface. All matches are officiated by fully qualified referees appointed by the league. Players disabilities includes learning disabilities, ADHD, Mental Health, deaf, partially sighted, cerebral palsy and other disabilities. The league is run by a committee with 8 volunteers who attend and organise match days, support with administrative duties and organise the end of season awards. Our volunteers also work with Devon County FA to organise workshops and courses to upskill and educate volunteers working with people with disabilities including FA Coaching Disabled Footballers Courses and inclusive training opportunities.
How would this funding have an impact on your community?
The funding would be spent on purchasing new Football goals for the adult league, as the league is growing with additional teams and a new division so this would support with facilitating an additional pitch. The funding would also support in purchasing new match balls for the league across it 8 divisions and 8 Football pitches. The funding would benefit adults and children with disabilities for years to come as the Football goals could be used across many seasons and the Football’s would support over 600 people with disabilities at the monthly central venue fixtures. The league has 39 male, 6 female and 15 youth pan-disability Football teams across Devon.
"Chris Stephens (League Chairman):
"It's a fantastic league in Devon for Disability Football teams. It has a massive impact on the lives of people with disabilities in which we continue to grow with new teams and participants, year on year""