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Disability Football in the Scottish FA’s South East Region is booming thanks to the commitment of Quality Mark grassroots clubs.
Four clubs out of five of the region's local authorities are offering football opportunities for people of all ages with a disability – Spartans in Edinburgh, Broxburn United in West Lothian, Tranent in East Lothian and Gala Fairydean in the Scottish Borders. All clubs hold the Scottish FA’s Disability Club award which means they have met the criteria for hosting disability football activity.
The clubs are offering weekly coaching sessions in collaboration with local high schools and disability schools.
Coaches attended a disability workshop and are due to attend a disability coaching course run by the Scottish FA soon.
David Sheldon, the South East’s club development manager, said “We have been crying out for clubs to offer this type of activity and we are delighted that the four clubs have signed up to this programme.
“It is another chapter in the progress and development shown by these forward thinking clubs."
On top of this club activity, the South East Region offers regional disability squad training at their Peffermill HQ on a monthly basis which offers a pathway into national cerebral palsy and learning disability squads. These sessions take place on the first Sunday of each month – anyone interested in joining should contact Aidan Forbes on 0131 667 8245.
David McArdle, Scottish FA disability football development officer, said "The Scottish FA are committed to offering greater opportunities for players with a disability to access football.
“The main development of the programme is the growing work with Scottish FA Quality Mark clubs to allow more accessible football for players with a disability.
“To achieve this, two exciting new club development programmes have been created.
“There is the Scottish FA Disability Inclusive Club status which is awarded to clubs who allow greater opportunities for players to access the game in a mainstream environment .
“And there is the Scottish FA Disability Club award which is given to clubs who have created a team within the club’s structure to help develop players who cannot or choose not to play mainstream football.”