Disability Talent ID Pathway

FA Disability Talent Pathway

Maximising player and coach potential

The FA disability football performance unit has a clear vision: to develop winning England teams. In order to do so, the mission is to deliver the world’s leading talent programme for disability sport, maximising player and coach potential.


Frequently asked questions about the Disability Talent Pathway

Berks & Bucks FA, in partnership with Oxfordshire FA, run an annual England Talent Day. Players who believe they are eligible to enter the Disability Talent Pathway should attend this event.

FA England Talent Days are the recognised first selective environment in the Disability Talent Pathway. The England Talent Day will identify and signpost players to the ‘right’ environment at that point in time.

England Talent Days are aimed at players with a disability between the ages of 7 to 16 years old. All players need to have one of the following impairments to be eligible; Deaf, Blind, Cerebral Palsy, Amputee or Partially Sighted.

There is a formal eligibility criteria for each specific impairment group which you can find in the additional documents.

Unfortunately, the Saturday 30th May England Talent Day has been postponed. We are currently working with Reading FC to find a new date for this event. All parties are still committed to host this event at the Madejski Stadium in Reading. Please complete the online Expression of Interest form to be among the first to receive all updated information. To receive updates on the event please complete by the online registration form, by clicking here.

These sessions will be led by fully qualified coaches but will be much like your regular training sessions.

A member of the England Talent Team will also be in attendance to identify players to access the Disability Talent Pathway. Players are asked to simply enjoy the event and play their natural game. 

Players can just turn up on the day but it is highly recommended registering for this event. By doing this you will receive all the pre-event vital information and by made aware of any changes related to this event.

To register a player for this event, please click here.


Please contact Jonathan Coles (Disability Football Development Officer) on Development@Berks-BucksFA.com.

Each County FA will be hosting an England Talent Day throughout the year so we will help you access another Talent Day in a neighbouring county. BBFA will host an annual England Talent Day around the same time each year.

Please contact Jonathan Coles (Disability Football Development Officer) on Development@Berks-BucksFA.com

It is possible to access the Disability Talent Pathway post-16 but you details will be referred to the England Talent Team for them to follow up directly.

Every player will be signposted to the ‘right’ environment for them at that point in time. 

For some players they will be invited to progress up to the next step in the Disability Talent Pathway; however some players maybe referred to more local opportunities to continue their development with the view to access a future England Talent Day.

No. Currently the next steps of the Disability Talent Pathway are held regionally in neighbouring counties. 

Yes. Please find below in the related documents section for the ‘Introduction to the England Disability Pathway’ document.

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.

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