May 28

Football Your Way Campaign Launched For Disabled Footballers

Matthew

A new campaign has been launched to help disabled footballers make their return to the sport, as coronavirus restrictions are lifted all over the UK.

Funded by Sport England and England Football (the FA’s new home for participation), the campaign forms part of the tackling inequalities funding programme, with a new online information hub set up to support and motivate people to feel empowered and participate in football-based activities.

The hub features something for all ages and abilities, ranging from skill demonstrations and downloadable resources to various challenges.

England Football has also launched a 3 Step Challenge to inspire disabled footballers to get more active, encouraging them to design their own challenges to ready themselves for a return to the pitch. They can then upload their challenges to be in with a chance of winning a series of different prizes.

Baroness Sue Campbell, director of women’s football with the FA, said: “As restrictions across the country lift, everyone’s individual journey back to physical activity will be different and the Football Your Way campaign has been created to offer disabled people support and guidance to return to football at their own pace and in their own circumstances.

“There’s no fixed route for how or when people should return and the campaign will provide support to those who wish to play at home, in the park or return back to a club.”

Through England Football, there are now more opportunities than ever to play football if you do have a disability, with three main pathways now open. These are mainstream football, where disabled and non-disabled players play together, pan disability football for people with a broad spectrum of health conditions, and impairment-specific football.

 

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