Within this section of the website you will find information on Soccability clubs in the area, the Essex Soccability League, and PowerChair football. The Essex County FA are committed to seeing the growth of disability throughout the county and are working towards every local authority having a club/organisation that provides disability football. You can contact us to find out more about the opportunities available and the structures in place connecting grassroots football to national representation.
What is Soccability?
The aim of Soccability is to provide coaching and competition tailored for disabled children with wide-ranging football abilities. This includes a variety of training drills and specialist equipment for different disabilities.
Who Can Take Part?
Soccability is open to people with all forms of disability and footballing ability. It’s played in three age groups (Under 13s, 16s and Adults) and in four categories (Premiership, Championship, League One and Fun). The definitions of these categories are in line with the Disability Discrimination Act 2005 and are as follows:
Premiership: The player is able to cope physically, with good levels of spatial awareness, strong footballing ability, can understand tactics and has a good level of physical strength and fitness.
Championship and League One: The player is mobile, with spatial and tactical awareness, knowledge of the laws of the game and a good level of fitness and footballing ability.
Fun: The player has limited mobility, spatial awareness and fitness, with basic footballing ability.
John Smith from Basildon sums up the Soccability scheme, explaining: “It’s been a great experience for everyone involved so far. The children are enjoying themselves and the parents are just happy to see the kids playing football and having a good time. There’s no ‘win at all costs’ style attitude and, as a coach, it’s a breath of fresh air.”
If you’re interested in running your own Soccability club, or would like to get more involved in disability football, please contact your local member of our Development Team.