As part of FC United’s continued commitment to community development, the club has launched disability football teams and training sessions in order to provide opportunities for people with a disability to access and receive quality coaching and partake in organised league fixtures.
FC United has registered two open age male teams into the Greater Manchester Ability Counts League and the players will play in fixtures on a monthly basis starting this Friday at Salford Sports Village. The league is ‘pan-ability’, which means that participants with a wide range of disabilities can compete with each other, and the Greater Manchester Ability Counts League also provides a clear pathway from grassroots disability football to elite disability football programmes.
FC United senior community coach, Jack Dickenson, will be heading up the disability football provision for the club, having recently completed the FA Coaching Disabled Footballers Course through Manchester FA. Jack has also been delivering weekly football sessions at AJ’s Academy in Moston and Heathfields Centre in Newton Heath for adults with varying disabilities, as well as supporting sessions at Stretford Leisure Centre, in order to provide opportunities across Manchester.
Jack said: “I have been delivering disability football sessions for the club and it has been a massively rewarding experience to work with these players and help them develop. The participants are looking forward to taking part in the Greater Manchester Ability Counts League fixtures and can’t wait to represent FC United of Manchester. Hopefully the disability football programme will go from strength to strength and we would like to see players of all abilities representing the club.???
Future developments for the club’s disability football programme include delivery of a weekly training session for FC United Ability Counts team to be held at the new Broadhurst Park facility from January 2015. This session will be open to anyone from across Manchester with a disability that is looking to play football and represent FC United.
For further information on the FC United disability football programme please contact Jack Dickenson at firstname.lastname@example.org