Disability Football

The FA is now widely considered to be the world's leading governing body in the development of disability football. In the coming years all County FA's will be increasing their commitment to developing disability football, from the grassroots, all the way through to England squads. North Riding County FA works hard to develop disability football opportunities across the County. We work closely with key partners to ensure that playing, coaching, administrating and refereeing opportunities are inclusive for all.

 North Riding Player Development Centre (PDC)

As a player, if you want to strive to be the best within the game then there is a structured pathway to aid your development . The Disability Player Development Centre caters for male players between the age of 12-16 years and represent; Cerebral Palsy, Visual Impaired, Deaf / Hearing Impaired, Amputee (leg & arm) and Learning Disabilities.

The centres run throughout the core part of the season on an annual basis, with the aim being to develop your technical ability and guide you to the next step within your football pathway be it through a club, impairment specific programme or within a disability group.

North Riding County FA Ability Counts League

The Ability Counts league is for players with a disability who want to play football. The league has adult and junior football matches, and caters for all levels of ability. Fixture days are held at a central venue within the County six times a season. The league aims to provide a positive experience and opportunities into the disability player pathway. In December 2012 the league was awarder Charter Standard status.

North East and Yorkshire Regional Cerebral Palsy Centre of Excellence

For the past two seasons the North Riding County FA have held the license for the North East and Yorkshire Regional Cerebral Palsy Centre of Excellence. Players are committed to attend a maximum of 20 training sessions per season and attend 6 fixture dates around the country. The purpose of the Centre Programme is to identify players with Cerebral Palsy and deemed to possess higher levels of ability and place them in a technical programme designed to produce football excellence in conjunction with personal development.

The North Riding County FA have re-applied for a license for season 2012/13.

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