Chalfont Saints Announced as 1st Disability Pledge Club

BBFA are excited to launch the Disability Pledge Project and announce Chalfont Saints as our very first Pledge Club. The projects aim is to promote Disability Football throughout Berkshire & Buckinghamshire and we are targeting grassroots teams to help spread the word.

Our biggest challenge is promoting the vast array of different Disability Football opportunities across Berkshire & Buckinghamshire. Too often we hear about youth players dropping out of football from mainstream clubs because of a disability. Did you know there are 52 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 Chalfont Saints did. As a pledge club Chalfont Saints 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)      Setup a Disability Youth Team within our Club for the start of the 2018/19 season.

These pledges have mirrored the ambitions of Chalfont Saints but all will help promote and make Disability Football better. We wish Chalfont Saints 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: jonathan.coles@berks-bucksfa.com  or call 01235 558451 to find out more about what’s going on in your local area.