Disability Pathway

Evolving and Growing Season-by-Season

sustaining and growing the pathway

Fully-Inclusive Club Environments

The disability pathway within Essex continues to evolve and grow season-by-season, although disability football is still known as the best kept secret. We want to change this!

The pathway is very similar to that of male and female - from youth to adults - with small variations to help support and develop the pathway. This includes a four-year age banding for youth and mixed-gender teams for adults, aiding in supporting clubs to develop a disability pathway and growing the Essex Soccability League.

The disability pathway is for any individual who is unable to participate within a mainstream club. This section of the Club Development Hub will provide support to clubs on how to develop and sustain a disability pathway, ensuring there is an offer for every individual and, in turn, creating a fully-inclusive club environment.

This section will include a variety of resources and webinars to support clubs in the development of a disability pathway, as well as first-hand experience from mainstream clubs who have developed a disability pathway, discussing their initial apprehensions and how they have developed and sustained a disability pathway.

There will be additional information and support relating to the England Talent Pathway and how to identify mainstream players.