The leagues comprehensive three year development plan aims to grow, develop and improve the standards of teams, coaches and volunteers through various strategies to better the grassroots disability game within Staffordshire. The Staffordshire Ability Counts League, which is now in its 5th season, is for players with a disability/impairment that want to play football on a regular basis. Throughout the season, the league has hosted monthly adult football festivals, and caters for a wide level of ability.
The Staffordshire Ability Counts League is a specialist league that has teams involved from various clubs across the County. There is a growing level of football for young people and adults in the County and the league aims to provide a positive experience and individual opportunities into the disability player pathway for personal progression.
There are a number of clubs across the County that provides opportunities specifically for players with a range of disabilities; these are known as Ability Counts Clubs. The Ability Counts Clubs were established specifically for players with disabilities to cater for their playing needs. All of these clubs have shown a commitment to providing opportunities for people with a range of disabilities/impairments to take part in coaching and competitive football and are the hub for disability football in their local area. Ability Counts Clubs currently exist in Burton, Leek, Stafford, Stoke, Port Vale, Winecote and teams are being developed in Wilnecote and Lichfield.
The Staffordshire Ability Counts League plans to expand its team base for next season. The league will be hosting both adult fixtures (16+) and U16 and U12 festivals for Ability Counts teams. All fixtures will be held once a month during the season, at a central venue with teams from across the County. The league is lucky to host various professional facilities for fixtures including Rowley Park in Stafford and St Georges Park.
If you are a player interested in joining an Ability Counts club, or are a club looking to develop a disability team for next season, please contact Jodie Allard, Football Development Officer (Inclusion) on Jodie.Allard@Staffordshirefa.com .