The Pledge Project has the very simple aim to raise awareness of Disability Football across Berkshire and Buckinghamshire and we are pleased to announce a new partner club. The Buckinghamshire based club have been a proactive partner in disability football by joining the Pledge Project and we look forward to working with the club to help them achieve their targets.
One big challenge is promoting the vast array of different Disability Football opportunities across Berkshire & Buckinghamshire and getting information to those that could benefit from the provision. Sadly we hear about missed opportunities for potential new players with disabilities joining clubs because they were unaware of local disabled football provision. Did you know there are 53 Affiliated Disability Teams in our region? Did you know that the BOBi League that serves Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire is one of the largest Disability Football Leagues in England?
It’s time for this to change and we are asking All Grassroots Clubs to help us by pledging their support to promote disability football. Taking part in the Pledge Project is easy; clubs can make a pledge that suits the ambitions of the club itself. The pledge can be as big or small as the club decides but all pledges, regardless of size, will contribute to raising awareness of Disability Football.
There are 3 areas we are asking clubs to support: Awareness, Coach Education and Playing Opportunities.
Pledges don’t have to cost anything to the club and can require little time to complete but could have a big impact. In its simplest form a club could pledge to display the BBFA Disability Football Club Directory in their clubhouse. We have these professionally printed and ready to send out to clubs. By promoting this Club Directory a Player, Parent or Coach from either your own club or opposition might see this and lead to a player with a disability getting involved with a local club.
This is exactly what Mursley United have done and have pledged to further raise the awareness of disability football. Mursley United have pledge to:-
1) Display the BBFA Disability Club Directory in our Clubhouse
2) Add the BBFA Disability Club Directory to our Club’s Website
3) Share the BBFA Disability Club Directory on our Club Social Media Platforms
These pledges have mirrored the ambitions of Mursley United but all pledges will help to promote and make Disability Football better. We wish the club all the best in working towards their Pledge and BBFA will support the club through every step.
If you are interested in learning more about The Pledge Project please visit the Pledge Project Webpage by clicking HERE. The webpage has lots more information about the project with further examples of potential Pledges. We also have a one-page information sheet which is easy to print off and share with your community members: BBFA Pledge Project Page
If your club is interested in making a Pledge or discussing potential pledge ideas please contact Disability Football Development Officer Jonathan Coles by email: Jonathan.Coles@Berks-BucksFA.com or call 01235 558451 to find out more about what’s going on in your local area.