Disability Football

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Gloucestershire FA offers an extensive range of playing opportunities for players with disabilities, from recreational Turn Up and Play sessions through to a regular structured league competition within the Ability Counts League.

There are a number of clubs across the county that provide opportunities for players with a range of disabilities. Gloucestershire FA also works closely with Schools, Further and Higher Education providers, Charities and Community Groups to ensure there are a number of playing opportunities with a pathway for progression.

You can find out more information below on the various ways to get involved, or you can contact our Disability Football Development Officer, Jason Lee by emailing Jason.Lee@GloucestershireFA.com


Gloucestershire FA Ability Counts League

Gloucestershire FA Ability Counts League runs throughout the season for disabled teams and participants. The league is a PAN disability league and fixtures are played once a month between Cheltenham and Bristol.

The league is for players aged 16+ with four ability bandings and divisions; Championship, League 1, League 2 and Development League. This enables players of all abilities access to appropriate competition.

The league provides a fantastic setting for players to develop their football skills whilst benefitting from a safe and social environment.

Ability Counts League


Disability Turn Up & Play Sessions

Gloucestershire FA support a number of Turn Up & Play disability sessions throughout the county. There is funding available to clubs, community groups and charities to develop Turn Up & Play sessions for 2016/17, 2017/18 and 2018/19 season.

The aim is create sustainable recreational opportunities for disabled players throughout the county.

For more information, contact Jason Lee (Disability Football Development Officer) by clicking HERE.


The FA Disability Talent Identification Programme

The Talent Identification Programme (TIP) is part of the Disability Talent Pathway, helping to identify young disabled footballers between the ages of 10-16 who have one of the following:

  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Blind
  • Partially Sighted
  • Deaf or Hearing Impaired
  • Amputee
  • Learning Disability

The aim of the Talent Identification Programme is not only to identify disabled players, but to help them in their current and future development to become the best player they can be, and to provide a pathway to play at the highest level suitable for each player.

Each player who attends the Talent Identification Programme will be monitored and signposted to a club or organisation that can continue to support their development. This could be through a Regional Talent Centre (RTC), Development Squads or Grassroots Clubs.

The pathway will provide exceptionally talented players with opportunities to represent England in international competitions such as World Tournaments and the Paralympics.

To register, please use the contact information below.

FA TIP (1)


Further Information and Contact

If you require further information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Jason Lee (Disability Football Development Officer) by emailing Jason.Lee@GloucestershireFA.com or call 01454 615888 (option 3).

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