The Buckinghamshire based club have embraced the programme and with their help we hope to create a larger network of people who have knowledge of local Disability Football provision. Not only are the club looking to help in awareness but are taking steps to support our Disability Coaches network by putting a coach through the Coaching Disabled Footballers Course and to host a Disability CPD Workshop at the Clubs Facility. We look forward to working with Radnage Raiders to help them achieve their Pledges.
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 a 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 Radnage Raiders have done and have pledged to further raise the awareness of disability football. Radnage Raiders 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
4) Put a coach through the Coaching Disabled Footballers Course
5) Host a Disability Football CPD at their Clubs Facility
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 attached to the bottom of this news item, please find below.
If your club is interested in making a Pledge or Discussing Potential Pledge ideas please contact Disability Football Development Officer Jonathan Coles by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01235 558451 to find out more about what’s going on in your local area.