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Bristol City FC Launches Disability Football Programme

Bristol City Community Trust has teamed up with Gloucestershire Football Association and Bristol Sport Foundation to launch a brand new disability football programme in the city.

The new provision offers children and adults with a wide range of physical and learning needs the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful game.

Kris Tavender, programme manager, says the new scheme is a hugely exciting prospect and will serve those most in need of sports provision.

He said: “The new disability offer in partnership with Gloucestershire Football Association (GFA) is a unique moment in time whereby Bristol City Football Club, Bristol Sport Foundation, Bristol City Community Trust, and regional sporting organisations can truly collaborate to fully serve the young people that need provision the absolute most.

“Working both in and out of curriculum time, with children and adults, and with males and females – this is a truly inclusive collection of programmes that will seek to embed sustainable foundations for participants with a wide range of physical and learning needs, and work with local clubs to develop grass roots inclusive football for all.”

The programme is made up of five sections, which target different genders and disabilities. Youth Hub and Adult Hub are pan-disability and aimed at ages 12-16 and 16+ respectively, while Powerchair Hub is a male only programme for people with physical disabilities (both launching January 2017).

The Schools Coaching Programme will be delivered in terms four and five of the academic year, to male and female pupils with learning disabilities. The programme concludes with a Level two/three inter-schools game festival.

Finally, the Club Development sector sees the programme team up with chartered standard clubs in the city and incorporates a coach education programme. Club Development is a pan-disability provision aimed at males and females ages 12-16 (launching January 2017).

Jason Lee, Gloucestershire FA Football Development Officer said: “In creating this partnership, disability football in Bristol and South Gloucestershire will grow and thrive, offering players increased opportunity to play football.

“The two disability football hubs will look to support players from education, community groups and charities to access local football.

“One of the charities on board is Goals Beyond Grass, who are one of the industry leaders in the Powerchair game and their guidance will help the partnership thrive.”

Ben Breeze, Bristol Sport Foundation’s chief community officer, said: “This is a hugely exciting new partnership and we are really looking forward to getting started with it. Together with Gloucestershire Football Association & Bristol City Community Trust, we are delighted to be able to help facilitate a brand new provision for children and adults with physical and learning needs.”

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