Ability Counts League 2

Disability Football support on offer to clubs and coaches

Meet two members of our team who are on hand to assist within the Disability Pathway!

Simon and Kieran can offer support to coaches and clubs respectively.

Simon Russell

Support for Coaches

Simon Russell works to support coaches volunteering within Disability Football as well as coaches with a disability. The support on offer depends on the context and ambitions of the coaches supported, though what is consistent is that what is delivered is discussed and agreed with each individual.

"I'm really enjoying the opportunity to work with coaches involved in this important part of our game and also with coaches who might have some form of impairment that are contributing to any format of football. Taking time to understand what these coaches want to achieve for themselves and their players and then working with them to achieve that is enormously rewarding.

I've been involved in football for longer than I care to admit. Working in disability football is great fun and it is helping me to consider my practice as a coach and mentor."

If you would like support from Simon then please fill out the form below and we will reach out to you shortly.


Kieran Franks

Support for Clubs

Kieran Franks works as Disability Football Ambassador for the GFA. Kieran can support clubs in every stage of their journey to inclusion, helping with initial discussions, plans and implementation and sustainability of their provision specifically for disabled people.

“I have been involved with disability football and community sport for 8+ years. Since graduating at Worcester University in 2018, I have experience as a Sports Development Manager at Goals Beyond Grass helping to create inclusive physical activity opportunities in Gloucestershire, leading on sourcing funding, delivery and evaluating projects. This has included working within Powerchair and PAN disability football settings.”

Whether you have an established disability set up and are looking to grow, or you are starting from scratch, Kieran is able to help and provide expert advice thanks to almost a decade of experience in the field.

If you would like support from Kieran then please fill out the form below and we will reach out to you shortly.



If you have any general queries about Disability Football then please contact Hattie Tidwell, our new Football Development Officer for the Disability Pathway: harriet.tidwell@gloucestershirefa.com