- We are an inclusive/ disability football club catering for children from 4 years and adults, all genders, with mental health, physical, learning difficulties and neurological differences such as ASD and ADHD. We currently have over 100 players who train with us in our under 12, under 16, men's and ladies sessions and play in festivals and competitions such as the Devon ability counts leagues and in national competitions eg the FA people's cup.
We've seen for ourselves, as parents of children with disabilities, how children are excluded due to their differences and also how isolating it can be for families. We wanted to create a safe space for everyone to socialise, get active, build confidence and learn football skills. We now have a number of families who have joined us as coaches, players, helpers and committee members.
Our aim is to expand our club, to reach out to more families, add more specialist training sessions for players with cerebral palsy, sight and hearing impairments and to raise more awareness of different disabilities, to break down the barriers of social isolation. We are doing this by attending school assembly's where we are talking about disabilities and presenting certificates for achievement. We are also running charity matches and fun days; our last one involved teams from Plymouth community homes and Crownhill firebrigade and we donated a cheque and hamper to Derriford neonatal unit.
We are also supporting players who want to become coaches, 2 of our youth players from last season have now completed their level 1 FA coaching awards and are gaining more experience with us, our aim is to continue this practice and to offer employment in the future.
Expanding our ladies section is also a priority as there are no ladies disability teams in over 40 miles and we have now got enough players for more than 2 teams. We would like to raise awareness for the need for more teams and encourage to league to expand and progress as the mainstream women's leagues have.
We are asking for your support to offer us better long term security to continue with our plans, to secure long term facilities, to be able to offer more opportunities and support for training and we would like to have our own minibus with wheelchair access to allow us to get more players to training, festivals and competitions and to enable us to engage with the wider community.