Disability Football Strategy 2010–2012 - The Football Association

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Disability Football Strategy 2010–2012 - The Football Association

GOAL 2: Englandteams winning2.1Succeed with our England Disability TeamsThe FA has supported seven seniorimpairment-specific squads to attendWorld and European competitions andhas had great success since supportwas first given to these teams.It is a critical time for disability sport in thiscountry as the 2012 London Paralympicswill provide a huge opportunity toshowcase the national disability teams.It was of paramount importance thatThe FA completed a review of the elitedisability teams and structure. This wouldenable the FA to assess the level ofsupport given to each team and if thestructure of disability football has changedin the last 10 years to reflect the needs ofelite players with a disability. The FA mustensure these teams have the most talentedplayers and the right competitionframework to produce the best eliteplayers possible.At the heart of this review is the needfor The FA to have the over-arching aimto allow disabled players to reach theirpotential and play at the highest level,however an England disability teamshould be run where the disability preventsthe footballer from reaching this goalwithin mainstream football. Criteriaand a framework was applied to eachimpairment group to ensure it was fitfor purpose both within England andhave an active, recognised internationalorganisation. From this review thefollowing impairment groups wereidentified for FA support:• Amputee• Blind• Cerebral Palsy• Deaf• Learning Disability(through an Under 18 development team)• Partially SightedThe FA is committed to supporting seniordisability teams to achieve our goal to beranked in the top four in Europe, aspublished by the international disabilityspecificorganisation, in each impairmentgroup. We will work with each nationaldisability sports organisation to ensure theenvironment is set to enable participationin the international fixture programme.We will also work to have an Under-18development squad within eachimpairment group that will underpin thesenior squad structure and provide animpairment-specific player pathway andtalent identification programme.We will develop a dedicated disabilityperformance framework to develop andmonitor our International Teams by 2010.This performance framework will alsoidentify how The FA can best supportparticipation in the London 2012Paralympics. The games will have a blindand cerebral palsy football competitionand The FA will ensure that the bestplayers and staff are selected. The FAwill achieve this objective throughpartnerships with the Great BritainDisability Football Association, the homecountry national disability organisations,the British Paralympic Association andUK Sport through the development ofan agreed selection protocol by the endof season 2009-10.The new performance framework will setout how The FA will develop all aspects ofthe disability player pathway and the talentdevelopment programmes. It will alsooversee an in-service training anddevelopment programme for all coachesand associated support staff, in both theelite and the FA Centres of Excellence(Disability).The FA will finalise the plans for thedevelopment of a National Football Centreat Burton which will act as the preparationbase for all the national representativeimpairment-specific teams, a hub fromwhere best practice can be shared, andwhere the highest standard of medicalfacilities and sports science will be housedto support all our representative teams.19


2.2Develop Better Players and Coachesworking in disability footballThe FA has embarked upon a full reviewof all its coach education and philosophyin consultation with its stakeholders. Thisis detailed in The FA Strategic Vision,The National Game Strategy and The FACoaching Framework Strategy. The FAwill ensure that the review of coachingcourses and resources will meet the needsof disabled players and coaches.The FA will increase the quality of supportto all coaches. A clear coaching pathwaywill be developed in all football, with anemphasis on technical development andage-specific qualifications. This isfundamental to delivering winning Englandteams and the long term health of the game.The FA is committed to support everyplayer to reach their potential and inparticular to develop better skills at ayounger age. This is particularly beneficialto disabled children. The 5 – 11 age groupis absolutely crucial in developing skills,enhancing enjoyment of the game,developing healthy lifestyles and creatinga new generation of talented players.We will ensure that all skill tests areinclusive and 15 disability skills centresare delivered through The FA Tesco SkillsProgramme by 2010 and then annuallyfor the life of the programme.The recent review of the CoachingDisabled Footballers course has ensuredthat it is relevant for all coaches. The FAwill develop impairment-specific coursesto enable coaches to develop theirknowledge and awareness when workingwith players with sensory, physical orlearning disabilities.The FA will support 140 people to gaintheir Level 1 or Level 2, 27 coaches to Level3 and 4 coaches to Level 4 FA CoachingCertificates. The FA will place particularemphasis on providing opportunities forcoaches with a disability to progresstowards the highest levels of coachingexcellence and the opportunity to expandand further develop their knowledge.These coaches will become role modelsof the future.The FA will undertake a complete reviewof the Centre of Excellence Programme(Disability), to ensure the programmemeets the needs for the best young,disabled players. Through elements of theSport England funded programmes – Cluband Coach Initiative, Playground to Podiumand from core FA funding, we will havea FA Centres of Excellence (Disability)programme that will be resourced fromexisting funds.The Centres will be seen as beaconperformance environments where theyare situated. We will review these centreson an annual basis to ensure the deliveryof quality coaching environments for ourmost talented players. We will also haveregional Centres of Excellence fixtureprogrammes that enable the best playersto be challenged and compete on a regularbasis, so forming a pathway for talentidentification into national squads.The Playground to Podium initiative willsee The FA become involved in 49 CountyAthlete Assessment Development Daysby 2012. This will help with the talentidentification of young disabled people inspecial or mainstream schools. In addition,a relationship will be developed withBritish Colleges and Universities to holdtalent days for students with disabilitiesin further and higher education.21


GOAL 3: Nation’sfavourite game3.1 Grow the Game for AllThe FA is fully committed to ensuringall disabled participants have theopportunity to reach their potentialeither as a player, official, administratoror coach. For the organisation to succeedwe must ensure that opportunities areavailable at all levels of the player andcoach pathway. Without a strong androbust local level of support the base ofthe pathway cannot be strong. The FA willensure all County Football Associations’plans are equitable and inclusive.We will support the creation of 34 newDisability County League competitions by2012, ensuring that these are developed inability-banding competition to meet theneeds of all players. We will also work witheducational establishments and the EnglishFederation of Disability Sport to developa research project that can identify anappropriate classification model that canbe used in ability banding to ensure a levelplaying field in participation.The National Game Strategy identified thecreation of 135 male and 100 new femaleteams as imperative targets for the disabledgame. However since the strategy has beenpublished the FA have secured additionalfunding from Sport England (through theclub and coach initiative) which has led tothe development of new targets which arethe additional creation of 140 new male and50 new female disability teams by 2012.We will support and create new flexiblecompetitions and formats by engagingschools, clubs and the leagues. We will workwith our partner the Football Foundation toaccess small grants to support new teams,coaches and volunteers.A strategic aim of our partner, the EnglishSchools FA, is to increase the number ofSpecial School Leagues and to enabledisabled young people in the mainstreamto access meaningful local and nationalcompetitions. This will be deliveredthrough the development of 44 CountyCompetition plans. These plans will workin partnership with the CompetitionManager infrastructure that is being putin place through The PE & Sport Strategyfor Young People (PESSYP) and CountyFootball Associations.The PE & Sport Strategy for Young People(PESSYP) launched in January 2008expresses the Government’s commitmentto improving the quality and quantity of PEand sport undertaken by all young peopleaged 5-19 in England. The Strategyis the joint overall responsibility of theDepartment for Children, Schools andFamilies (DCSF) and the Departmentfor Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).The FA will play a key role in supportingthe delivery of this strategy. The FA ClubLinks programme will create links betweenschools and Charter Standard clubs tosupport an increase in the number ofdisabled children aged 5-16 who areparticipating in football.The FA will continue to work withBritish Colleges Sport (BCS) and BritishUniversities and Colleges Sport to developplaying opportunities for disabledstudents. Both organisations will developa regional playing structure for theseplayers by 2012.23


3.2 Raise Standards for a Safer,Better Quality Experience3.3 Increase Awareness and PositivePerception of the Game3.4 Accessible and Improved Facilitiesthrough Effective PartnershipsThe FA is committed to football beinginclusive and providing a positiveexperience for everyone involved in thegame. The National Game Strategyidentifies the methods that we can useto create a fun and safe environmentfor everyone involved in football. Theseinclude raising standards of behaviourof both players and spectators through anational Respect programme, safeguardingchildren and vulnerable adults, andensuring that The FA Charter StandardProgramme is recognised as a measureof quality across all of grassroots football.The FA intends to ensure that all CountyDisability Leagues will gain the FA CharterStandard League status by 2011. That allyouth disability teams will have a qualifiedcoach and 75% of clubs will attain the FACharter Standard Club award. The FAbelieves Welfare Officers within DisabilityFootball are essential to supporting theleagues and clubs to fulfil their moral andlegal requirements.Marketing and communications willsupport the objective of ensuring allpeople with a disability have easy accessto finding information on how to play,excel or volunteer within football.The strategy for achieving this will beto ensure that disability football is integralwithin the marketing and communicationssupport plans for The FA National GameStrategy. It will be integral to the newcommercial programme 2010-14 throughevery National Game sponsor partneringdisability football. This will widen theopportunity for The FA and its partnersto communicate opportunities to‘Get into Football’.Communication on finding teams orplaying opportunities at every age group,the player pathway and opportunities tocoach, volunteer or referee will be aconstant part of all digital platforms(eg TheFA.com, Skills website, FULL-TIME).The FA will also work with partners (egCounty FAs) and third parties (eg disabilitybodies) to ensure maximum reach.Specific local marketing and PR will takeplace around major events such as theIBSA World Blind Football Championshipin England in 2010 and 2012 Paralympics,using players as inspiring role models toshowcase opportunities to play and excel.The National Game Strategy outlines thefacilities that are required to sustain andincrease participation and the need toprovide affordable, new and improvedfacilities in the schools, clubs and on localauthority sites to deliver the challengingtargets set out in it. The FA will invest,along with the Football Foundation andother partners, £300m into new andimproved facilities that disability footballcan benefit from.In the light of the current economicenvironment, it is unlikely that specificdisability facilities will be developedoutside of mainstream projects. We willwork with the Football Foundation toreview the planned projects to see if anydisability cross-over exists. Where BuildingSchools for the Future projects exist,further investigation should be soughtto examine if these can be developedexternally with little or no funding fromThe Football Association.25


Appendix 1Disabilityplayer pathwayAppendix 2GLOSSARYBCSBritish Colleges SportYSTYouth Sport TrustPROGRAMMESLTPDCoach MentoringCountyRegionalNationalParalympicDream itBelieve itAchieve itDISABILITY PLAYER PATHWAYEngland SeniorSquadsGreat BritainCP/Blind squadsCOMPETITIONSTRUCTUREParalympics/World & EuropeanChampionshipsBUCS British Universitiesand College SportEFDS English Federationfor Disability SportFIFAUEFAFederation Internationalede Football AssociationUnion des AssociationsEuropeennes de FootballAFCIBSABPAAsian Football ConfederationInternational Blind SportsAssociationBritish Paralympic AssociationGBDFA Great Britain DisabilityFootball AssociationPlaygroundto PodiumClub and CoachLONG TERM PLAYER DEVELOPMENTMAIINSTREAMUnder 18 EnglandImpairment SquadsCentre of ExcellenceRegional LeagueCentre of Excellence(Disability) U17, U14Regional PanDisability LeaguesCounty leagues pan disability- U16s / U12s – Men’s / Women’s/boys’/girls’Impairment-specific leagues CP/Blind /Amputee/ Wheelchair / Partially Sighted/BCS affiliated colleges/regional leaguesCOACH MENTORINGHome CountryChampionshipsRegional Centreof Excellence LeaguesRegional LeagueBCS NationalChampionshipsCounty LeaguesNational Impairment-Specific LeagueBCS Regional LeaguesIN PARTNERSHIPThe FA wishes to thank all those whohave contributed to the development ofthis strategy. In particular, we would liketo extend our gratitude to our majorfunding partners Sport England,the Football Foundation and The FA’spartners whose investment has beenpivotal to the development of disabilityfootball in England.Inclusive ClubsCounty LeagueFiTCYoung leadershipCS SchoolsSchool-club linksSpecial education / inclusive schools /skill centres / skill coaches / FiTC sessionsSpecial Ed Leagues –CompetitionFramework27


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