Due to the success over the last year, the Sky Blues in the Community’s Every Player Counts disability project funded by the Wembley National Stadium Trust and English Football League Trust has been confirmed to continue for the 2017/18 season.
The confirmation of funding means that many children, young people and adults will benefit from free football coaching and opportunities to play in affiliated teams over the next 12 months.
The continuation of funding will see the project in year 2 work with 12 SEN primary and secondary schools across Coventry and Warwickshire, continue to deliver three Ability Counts Teams (including one Under 17’s Team), impairment specific sessions (Deaf, Blind, Down Syndrome, Power Chair and Frame Football) and working with specific community groups to offer Football tasters.
Furthermore, the project will look to create more teams such as Down’s Syndrome, Deaf and Blind, enabling young people and adults to play regular competitive football within a local affiliated league. The project will also deliver SEN school festivals for both Primary and Secondary, as well as tournaments/matches with other Professional Football Clubs Community Trusts.
In addition, the project will work closely with local partners such as Coventry City Council, Moat House Community Trust, SEND Active Group, Birmingham County FA, Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire Sport, Down’s Syndrome Association and National Football Association. Working with these local partners will allow the project to be promoted to and reach a wider audience, allowing for more young people and adults the chance to participate in the project.
If you would like any further information about the Sky Blues disability focused work, please contact Sky Blues in the Community Inclusion Coordinator, Sam Flatley, via Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Telephone: 024 7678 6313.