The Berks & Bucks FA is striving to ensure that every person who wants to be involved in the game has the opportunity to reach their potential regardless of their ability. We are committed to enabling everybody to play our national game and reach their potential as a player, coach, referee or administrator.
The disability programme within Berks & Bucks aims to establish opportunities for participation and offer quality provision for any person with a disability. There is an active network of Disability Football provision happening across Berkshire and Buckinghamshire including competitive league pathways, informal just play sessions and specific disability impartment sessions. Berks & Bucks FA is committed to working with the affiliated clubs, league, schools and associated disability organisations to ensure that all players have a positive experience within the game and a clear pathway for progression. If you are interested involved in disability football within the county as either a player, coach or volunteer please contact Disability Football Development Officer Jonathan Coles: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01235 558451.
The BOBI League is a pan-disability league that operates across Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire. The League has over 50 teams participating in divisions for adult males, adult females, U16’s and U12’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 a season (2 Berkshire, 2 Bucks, and 2 in Oxfordshire) 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 (www.bobileaguefootball.org.uk).
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. If you are interested in becoming involved in disability football, please email Disability Football Development Officer Jonathan Coles: email@example.com or call 01235 558451.
Disability Talent Programme
Disability Football has a clear player pathway, with talent identification structures in place. Alongside the regular BOBI League fixtures and Just Play Sessions we deliver an England Talent Day to identify the most talented individuals with disabilities in the county.
Berks & Bucks are pleased to announce that the England Talent Day event will take place on Saturday 18th March, 2017 (Bisham Abbey, Marlow) giving young people aged 12-16 the opportunity to be assessed by County FA Staff and a FA Talent Consultant. Whilst some young individuals with impairments play in mainstream football, this event seeks to identify individuals who can go onto play within the Regional Centre of Excellence and National Squads.
For more information on the TIP programme please click: FA Talent Identification Programme
There are disability football sessions happening all across Berks & Bucks. If you want to get involved in disability football or have any queries relating to provision in your local area then please contact Disability Football Development Officer Jonathan Coles by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01235 558451.
Local Session Posters can be found in the document section below.