There has never been a better time to get involved and play football, whatever your ability level. There are now more opportunities than ever to play football if you have a disability.
Berks & Bucks FA believe in flexible, inclusive and accessible playing opportunities for everyone, and are committed to delivering a range of opportunities for players with a disability to access football at various levels across the county.
The BOBI League is a pan-disability league that operates across Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire. The League has over 60 teams participating in divisions for adult males, adult females, U16’s, U12’s and U8's, as well as a division for individuals with mental health and social issues. The League plays one central venue fixture a month which consists of teams playing between 4 and 6 games. There are currently a total of 6 central venues festivals with the season running September to May, with a winter break for December, January and February. More details on the BOBi League can be found on the official website including contact details for all the participating teams.
Disability Coaching/Setting up a Disability Team
At Berks & Bucks FA we are always keen to encourage clubs and individuals to become involved in disability football, to ensure that any individual who wants to take part in football has the opportunity to do so. Whether it is within an existing mainstream club, or if you are looking to establish a disability specific club we will advise and support you every step of the way.
We will initially meet with you to discuss plans for starting the session, offer a coach to support and mentor for the first few weeks, and help to continually promote your club. For those interested in developing their knowledge further we also run a regular ‘Coaching Disabled Footballer’s’ course and an annual ‘FA Level 1 Coaching Course’ specially for participants with disabilities.
Disability Talent Pathway
Disability Football has a clear talent pathway, with talent identification structures in place. Alongside the regular BOBI League fixtures and Turn Up & Play Sessions we deliver an annual England Talent Day to identify the most talented individuals with disabilities in the Berkshire and Buckinghamshire. From these events players can be identified to access the Disability Talent Pathway and move onto represent England.
There are disability football sessions happening all across Berkshire & Buckinghamshire. If you want to get involved in BOBi League, have an interest in setting up or a team or would like to find out more information on the Disability Talent Pathway please contact Disability Football Development Officer Jonathan Coles by email: Jonathan.Coles@Berks-BucksFA.com or call 01235 558451.