Changing The Game: The Lincolnshire Ability Counts League
The league has been providing Disability Football opportunities for a decade
As part of a series called ‘Changing The Game’, we’ve taken a deep dive into the Lincolnshire Ability Counts League, and have captured what it is that makes this Disability Football offering so special and unique.
Operating for the best part of a decade, The Ability Counts League continues to grow from strength to strength. The league has been developing across each year and has plans to expand over the coming seasons to incorporate female specific and youth divisions.
The league works unlike any other league within the county and operates purely on a festival basis, where teams come to central venues across the county over the season to compete. The results from each festival are collated and added to previous festival results to produce league tables and overall winners.
One of the elements it shares with the traditional mainstream leagues are that players are put into divisions due to their ability and not disability; this, therefore sees players with different impairments playing together and against each other in what is known as PAN disability.
The league currently operates four divisions, with opportunities for both male and female participants.
The Ability Counts League is a Pan-Disability league with 12 teams competing in ability banded divisions, meeting on the final Sunday of every month. Matches operate on a 5-a-side format and are played on 3G astro turf. Fixtures are played at a central venue, and mixed gender dispensation is available.
For more information on the Ability Counts League, click here.
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