Disability

The Chelsea Foundation’s Disability Inclusion programme enables children and adults with any disability to participate in regular organised football matches and coaching sessions in a safe and enjoyable environment.The programme encourages disabled players to develop their health and independence and realise their full potential. 

Quality structured training sessions with specialist coaches are offered in local schools and sports centres throughout the season. Our pan-disability teams enjoy professional football coaching and play in FA recognised leagues, cups and tournaments both domestically and abroad. We also run the Surrey FA Talent Identification Programme, and the FA Regional Talent Centre for elite cerebral palsy players in the South East region. Our traineeship programme aims to improve the employability and life skills of young people, providing them with meaningful, accredited training and qualifications. These life changing opportunities provide a boost to players’ self-confidence and self-esteem. 
 

PAN-DISABILITY TEAMS

The Chelsea Foundation currently runs 10 pan-disability football teams for males and females of all abilities and all disabilities. Players aged from 4 years old to adult train weekly at our Cobham training ground and play in monthly pan-disability football leagues in Surrey and Middlesex. Additional affiliated cups and tournaments are provided to enable players to represent the club nationally and internationally.

 

We are currently recruiting players with the following impairments:

• Amputee

• Autism (ASD)

• Blind and Partially Sighted

• Cerebral Palsy (CP)

• Deaf and hearing impaired

• Learning Difficulty/Disability (ADD/ADHD/Dyslexia/Dyspraxia)

• Mental Illness

• Speech and Language Disorders

 

If you are interested in joining one of our pan-disability teams please contact: andy.rose@chelseafc.com or book online

 

TALENT IDENTIFICATION PROGRAMME

Replacing FA Disability Player Development Centres as the entry point to the England Disability Talent Pathway, FA Talent Identification Programmes (TIPs) will be utilised as environments to identify and signpost players to the ‘right’ environment at that point in time. 

The Chelsea Foundation runs the Surrey TIP on a yearly basis to ensure that players can be viewed annually and kept in the Talent System. TIPs will commence with an England Talent Day (a six month period of local and national recruitment will occur) before leading into a six week prescriptive player assessment/signposting period. TIPs will be underpinned with the formation of local Disability Recruitment Networks responsible for player recruitment for the England Talent Day. 

For more information on our Talent Identification Programme, please contact: jon.whittingham@chelseafc.com 

 

REGIONAL TALENT CENTRE - CEREBRAL PALSY

The Chelsea Foundation runs the FA Regional Talent Centre for the South-East region, with the aim to identify players with cerebral palsy (CP) or acquired brain injury (ABI) who are deemed to possess a higher level of ability and place them in the under-13 or under-16 squad depending on age.

Players aged between 10-16 train at our Cobham training ground on a regular basis with regional tournaments held at Bisham Abbey and a national Cerebral Palsy Cup competition staged at St George’s Park once a year.

The progression for CP players from the Regional Talent Centre is on towards the England senior and development cerebral palsy squads.

The purpose of the Regional Talent Centre is to recruit young players with Cerebral Palsy deemed to possess the potential to progress within the England Talent Pathway and to place them in a developmental programme designed to support such progression. 

 

For more information on our Regional Talent Centre, please contact: jon.whittingham@chelseafc.com 

 

TRAINEESHIP PROGRAMME 

The Chelsea Foundation runs a 14 week football coaching Traineeship programme for 16 – 19 year olds that either have a disability or would like to work with players with a disability.

The programme is designed to give trainees a unique opportunity to volunteer within the Foundation whilst gaining qualifications and experience that will help them become a football coach in the future.

By the end of the course trainees will have attained an FA level 1 certificate in football coaching, a level 2 award in The Principles of Coaching Sport, a Coaching Disabled Footballers certification as well as a level 1 Employability Award.

This unique course aims to help kick start the trainees’ career in football and sports coaching.

For more information on our traineeship programme, please contact: andy.rose@chelseafc.com

 

SCHOOLS COACHING 

The Chelsea Foundation offers inclusive coaching sessions within mainstream and SEN schools. Sports, health and education programmes are provided to the community based on the belief that engagement through sport develops more than just sports skills, and aims to use the power of sport to encourage thousands of young people every year to get active, stay healthy and partake in positive activities. Our programmes aim to offer quality sport and personal development to local communities regardless of age, race, gender or ability.

For more information on schools coaching, please contact: andy.rose@chelseafc.com

 

EQUALITY AND DISABILITY AWARENESS TRAINING 

The Disability Inclusion department is committed to offering the same opportunities for disabled people to play sport as non-disabled people. By developing coaches and teachers through delivering equality and disability awareness training, it is hoped that all training sessions and PE lessons will be fully inclusive as a result. 

 

For more information on any of the above please contact rob.seale@chelseafc.com