Staffordshire FA Ability Updates

Friday 6th April 2018

Stoke City & FA Disability Talent Hub

Could you be a future England Player?

Do you have a Hearing or Visual Impairment or Cerebral Palsy?
Do you have a talent for football?
Aged: 7-12 or 13-16 (school years 3-6 & 7-11)

The Talent Hubs will deliver engagement sessions for players with cerebral palsy, deaf players and partially sighted players aged 7-11 and 12-16. Sessions will enable continued talent identification/confirmation opportunities and will impact younger players than previously engaged in Regional Talent Centres (7-11 and 12-16 cohorts). Hubs will be used as a ‘check point’ for these players and will have robust processes to link players to appropriate mainstream clubs or impairment specific clubs.  With a direct link to the next stage of the FA’s England Talent Pathway, players can be referred to the next step (Regional Emerging Talent Programme) at any point.

In Staffordshire, Stoke City have been successful with 1 of 13 FA Disability Talent Hubs across the country. Players are invited to the hub once every 3x weeks to attend an additional training session to their grassroots club throughout the season.

Gemma Turner
FDO (Disability)

New Youth Disability Sessions

In April 2018 we are pleased to confirm we are working with our partners to develop new youth pan-disability football sessions in the county for those players aged 5 to 16 to get involved with.

Venue: Stafford Town FC (3G Pitch)
Day: Tuesday’s (Starting 10th April 2018)
Times: 6pm till 7pm
Who for? Boys & Girls aged 8 to 12, suitable for players of all abilities with learning disabilities, hearing impairments, cerebral palsy & more.

Register Your Interest on the website here.

Venue: Michelin Sports Centre (Indoor Sports hall)
Day: Wednesday’s (Starting 18th April 2018)
Times: 4.30pm till 5.30pm
Who for? Boys & Girls aged 8 to 16, suitable for players of all abilities with learning disabilities, hearing impairments, cerebral palsy & more.

Register Your Interest:

In addition to the above new sessions, we have a number of youth clubs and sessions being delivered across the county. To find out more please click here.

For more information contact Gemma Turner.

Ladies Ability Counts Futsal Festival Girls' football week flyer

FA Girls’ Football Week is a national campaign aimed at raising the profile of female football. The week takes place Monday 23rd April – Sunday 29th April.

As part of their ongoing commitment to providing accessible opportunities for all in football, Staffordshire FA in partnership with Whych Ladies FC will be hosting a Ladies Ability Counts Futsal Festival as part of the week.

When: Stafford College (Indoor sports hall)
When: Monday 23rd April 2018 5pm-7pm
Who: Ladies aged 16+ with a disability (Teams AND individuals welcome)

Click on the image to the right to enlarge.

For more information contact Gemma Turner.