You will probably have differing knowledge on Disability Football but hopefully at least be aware that we do have a number of impairment specific England teams. Players in these teams come from players who start in grassroots football and we have some exciting opportunities in Sussex being launched this season to help start to identify and develop players with a disability.
The majority of players with a disability playing for England spend most of their footballing life playing mainstream football which is why we really need your help as leagues to promote the opportunities and enable players who may be eligible for the Talent ID programme to be aware of the opportunity and their possible potential (N.B these Centres will not prevent continuation of playing for their existing clubs).
Albion in the Community have been awarded an FA Licence and funding to run the following two Regional Talent Centres for the 2015/16 Season (and we hope beyond!)
• Partially Sighted and Deaf
• Blind (B1) – (you won’t have any B1 Blind players in your clubs however they may know others and there is also opportunities for sighted goal keepers)
For your information there is also a Regional Talent Centre for players with Cerebral Palsy run by Chelsea FC.
Sussex County FA have also been awarded an FA Licence and funding to run a Talent Identification Programme and recruitment network which will help underpin the above.