BOBiCats Disability Football Centres
Inspiring kids with disabilities to play football
The BBFA BOBiCats Disability Football Centres is a new initiative designed to inspire boys and girls aged 4-8 with any disability to get involved in football. BOBiCats Football Centres provide a high quality and enjoyable introduction to football as a first step into what we hope with be a lifelong passion for the sport.
If your child is aged 4-8 and interested in getting involved in a BOBiCats Centre then please see below from all current opportunities:-
Abingdon – Thursdays 5pm to 6pm @ Boxhill Sports Ground, Abingdon.
Sessions start Thursday 6th September, 2018.
Milton Keynes – Sundays 5pm to 6pm @ The Pavilion, Woughton on the Green, Milton Keynes.
Sessions are currently underway.
Princes Risborough – Saturdays 9:15am to 10:30am @ The Green, Longwick, Princes Risborough.
Sessions start Saturday 15th September, 2018.
Thatcham – Fridays 6pm to 7pm @ Francis Bailey Primary School, Thatcham.
Sessions start Friday 14th September, 2018.
More sessions will be added throughout the 2018/19 season.
For more information on the BOBiCats or to register your child please contact Jonathan Coles via Development@Berks-BucksFA.com or call 01235 558451.
Does your club want to become a BOBiCats Centre?
We are inviting all Berks & Bucks clubs to apply to be part of this exciting new programme for the 2018/19 season – and the application window is now open.
Has your club every explored the idea of starting a disability football session but don’t know where to start? Then the BOBiCats programme could be the ideal opportunity to begin your clubs journey within disability football. The structured programme offers assistance every step of the way with admin, coaching, equipment and funding support so your club can make a difference in your local area.
Interested in learning more? Below is a FAQ section for all interested grassroots clubs to guide you through the programme.
It’s all about providing a high quality recreational introduction to football for disabled players aged 4-8 years old. It’s about turning up and enjoying fun sessions in a local environment that could lead to a player’s lifelong love for football.
We are welcoming applications from all Berks & Bucks grassroots clubs who have aspirations to provide playing opportunities for disabled footballers. BOBiCats Disability Football Centres will be fully supported by Berks & Bucks FA through every stage of establishing a new disability football provision within your club.
Grassroots clubs will need to run a weekly BOBiCats session for a minimum of 10 weeks (must be completed by May 2019).
All centres will receive a £300 grant and 10 Nike Footballs.
All centres will have use of professional designed marketing materials, digital assets for online promotion and a dedicated support officer to aid the development of the session. A bespoke promotion action plan will be designed for each centre to highlight local disability networks to help spread the word of the new disability football provision.
Each centre will have the opportunity to attend a CPD workshop aimed to build up the coach’s confidence of coaching disabled footballers. Coaches will have access to 10 weeks of session ideas and the opportunity to liaise with an FA Coach Mentor for continued coaching support. The funding each centre is provided could be used to provide a specialised coach to help setup your clubs BOBiCats Centre.
Following 10 weeks of sessions all BOBiCats Centre will have the opportunity to attend a BOBi league event and play other BOBiCats centres and/or U8 or U12 disability teams from across the region.
There is no prerequisite that BOBiCats Centres have to continue past the initial 10 weeks of sessions, however it is our hope your club find the BOBiCats Centres a positive and essential addition to what your club currently offers. Additional funding can be accessed by BOBiCats centres, through the Grow the Game scheme, to continue past the initial 10 weeks of sessions and affiliate a Disability Team for the 2019/20 season.
All organisations must be affiliated to Berks & Bucks FA.
There should be a minimum of two coaches in attendance at all sessions. The lead coach should hold a minimum of an FA Level 1 Coaching Certificate with an in-date CRC, FA Safeguarding, FA Emergency 1st Aid. All coaches must have an in-date CRC. The funds can be used to provide coaching services.
Coaching ratios should not exceed 1:10 (minimum 2 coaches). There are no specific minimum numbers that centres have to hit.
Players should be aged between 4-8 years old with any Learning or Physical Disability.
All organisations must have a Safeguarding Children Policy.
All organisations must have a Designated Safeguarding Officer. This can be the Club Welfare Officer.
All facilities should have proof that the venue complies with Health and Safety Regulations.
All organisations should have Public Liability Insurance.
Berks & Bucks FA are committed to supporting all BOBiCats centres with a dedicated support officer, access to high quality marketing materials, ideas to promote your sessions and ways to sustain your sessions following the initial 10 weeks.
There has never been a better time to get involved in Disability Football and we will help you every step of the way.
Interested in becoming a BOBiCats Disability Football Centre?
In the first instance, you should contact Berks & Bucks FA to discuss your application. To do this, contact Jonathan Coles (Disability Football Development Officer) on 01235 558451 or Development@Berks-BucksFA.com.
Following your initial conversation you will then have to fill out the short application form which can be completed online by clicking here. You can also make an off-line application by printing the application form attached below and posting it to Berks & Bucks Football Association.
The application window will remain open until Thursday 1st November, 2018. We aim to review all applications within two weeks of submission. There is no need to wait until the deadline as sessions can begin as early as September 2018. All applications will be notified of a final decision.
If you require any further information on this programme please contact Disability Football Development Officer Jonathan Coles by email: Development@Berks-BucksFA.com or call 01235 558451.