Ability Counts League
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Now in its ninth year of competition, 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.
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Football Development Officer (Disability & Inclusion)
T: 01522 596580
The league currently operates four divisions, with opportunities for both male and female participants.
The Ability Counts League is a Pan-Disability league with 4 Ability-banded divisions: Premiership – Sponsored by APSS, Championship – Sponsored by Stonecliff Park Welton, League One – Sponsored by Cardiac Rehabilitation Lincoln and League Two – Sponsored by Harvey Fabrication. Key information on the league is as below:
• 15 teams
• Monthly Fixtures
• 5v5 Format
• Played on 3G
• Fixture venues played at a central location
• Mixed Gender Dispensation is available
COACH ABILITY COUNTS FOOTBALL
Any coach that has already completed the Introduction to Coaching Football (previously FA Level One in Coaching Football) is qualified to coach Disability Football.
For coaches that want to go a step further, the Disability Football Introduction is a 30-minute online module that provides an overview of the disability football landscape, helping coaches to adapt their sessions and best support disabled footballers. The course can be found here.
We have a range of courses and workshops that are open and accessible to peoples with a disability. All our tutors are trained to deliver to people with a disability and we are able to look to provide additional support where necessary to make our Coach Education Programme accessible for all.
The FA is currently in the process of updating their Disability Coaching pathway to support those that are looking to gain more knowledge on how to make their sessions more inclusive for people with a disability. In the meantime, you can access a series of blogs focused on disability football at The FA Community here.
VOLUNTEERING WITH THE ABILITY COUNTS LEAGUE
The league is always looking for motivated individuals looking to support the league. For more information on volunteering with the Lincolnshire Ability Counts League, or with the wider disability football network in Lincolnshire, please contact Jordan.Mason@lincolnshirefa.com
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