Disability Football

South West Disability Development Centre
Player Development Centre in action at South West Festival
Player Development Centre in action at South West Festival
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Dorset FA supports a number of disability activities across the County to help provide activities for disabled people to engage in grassroots football and disability talent pathway where appropriate.

Amongst other aspects of our work, some of the key disability football opportunities include:

Dorset and Wiltshire Ability Counts League
This pan-disability league runs on a central venue basis and currently supports adult male teams to engage in competition on a regular basis. There are 2 divisions to help ensure appropriate ability banding and as the league continues to grow there are hopes to develop a female and junior division. The league website can be 
found here.

Details of Ability Counts Teams in Dorset can be found here.

Youth Football

Dorset FA are currently supporting 2 local football clubs to set up U16 teams with the view to starting an U16s Ability Counts League to feed into the Adult section.

Special Schools Football
Working in conjunction with the Dorset Special Schools Sports Forum, Dorset FA continue to run a number of events during the year for boys and girls at varying age groups.

FA Coaching Disabled Footballers course
To help support coaches to ensure that their sessions are inclusive for all, whether working with a disabled or mainstream team, each year Dorset FA hosts an FA Coaching Disabled Footballers course. This is a fantastic insight for coaches with a (minimum) Level 1 coaching badge to develop their skills further, details of courses can be 
found here.

For more information please contact Madeleine Massey maddy.massey@dorsetfa.com, 01202 688281 

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