In an exciting development to the Pledge Project, we are delighted to announce our first ever Pledge Project League. After consultation with the Milton Keynes & Border Counties Youth Football League Committee they have committed to back the Pledge Project in the local region and become our very first Pledge League. The Pledge Project has the very simple aim to raise awareness of Disability Football across Berkshire and Buckinghamshire and we are pleased to announce this exciting new partner.
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 and Leagues to help us by pledging their support to promote Disability Football. Taking part in the Pledge Project is easy; clubs and leagues can make a pledge that suits the ambitions of the organisation. The pledge can be as big or small as the organisation decides but all pledges, regardless of size, will contribute to raising awareness of Disability Football.
There are 3 areas we are asking clubs and leagues to support: Awareness, Coach Education and Playing Opportunities.
Pledges don’t have to cost anything to the organisation and can require little time to complete but could have a big impact. In its simplest form an organisation 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 the local region might see this and lead to a player with a disability getting involved with a local disability club.
Milton Keynes and Border Counties Youth Football League have taken this step and pledged to further raise the awareness of Disability Football. The league's pledge includes:-
1) Set up a Disability Page on the MKBCYFL website to promote the Pledge Project and Disability Club Directory.
2) Distribute the Pledge Project information to all Club Secretaries via email.
3) Promote the Sunday 3rd June ‘Coaching Disabled Footballers’ Coaching Course at Sir Herbert Leon Academy at all upcoming League Meetings.
4) Promote the Sunday 3rd June ‘Coaching Disabled Footballers’ Coaching Course at Sir Herbert Leon Academy via email to all Coaches.
BBFA will support the Milton Keynes & Border Counties Youth Football League with their above Pledges and thank the committee for their commitment to Disability Football.
If your organisation is 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.
To view our BBFA Disability Club Directory please click HERE.
If your organisation 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.