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FA Disability Talent Programme

Your England Journey Starts Here

One player, two journeys, Three Lions.

Have you always dreamed of playing for England? The dream is on.

We want to give more players with specific impairments the opportunity to play for our England Para teams and get them on the England Para Talent Pathway.

We’re looking for those with cerebral palsy, visual or hearing impairments who have the skills and a dream, to step up and play for their country.
Do you know somebody who fits the bill?

Our England Para Talent Pathway aims to find players who are ‘hidden’ in mainstream clubs, whose impairments may not be immediately obvious.
We want these players to stay with their club to continue to play for their teams, as this is often the best format for a player’s continued development.

While playing their usual format of football, we are encouraging players to engage with the England Para Talent Pathway to explore their potential and discover new ways to play the game to suit them.

So they could be training with their mates one week and playing for their country the next!

If this is you, or someone you know, then all you need to do is fill in a form with your/their contact details and the Para Football team will be in touch with the next steps.

Don’t just dream of it. Play for it.

Gemma Machin

Equality Officer

Phone: 01785 256994
E-mail: Support@StaffordshireFA.com

West Midlands Para Talent Hub

The West Midlands FA Para Talent Hub is part of the Para Football Talent Pathway and the hub will be used as a 'check point' for players that may be eligible to progress within the Para Talent Pathway and link players to appropriate mainstream and/or impairment specific clubs for their regular football opportunity.

FA England Talent Days

FA England Talent Days are utilised as a player's first engagement with the Para Football Pathway and as the first selective environment in the player pathway. The programme will identify and signpost players to the ‘right’ environment at that point in time and seeks to feed the subsequent Regional and National levels of the pathway.

The Para Football player pathway runs ALONG SIDE any football that players already participate in, so does not compromise or replace any current involvement in the game. England Talent Days run on a yearly basis to ensure that players can be re-assessed and kept in the Talent System. ETDs will not be viewed as player development environments. ETDs are underpinned with the development of local Para Football Recruitment Networks responsible for driving player identification and recruitment.


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