TCF attends inaugural London FA Disability Football Forum 

TCF attends inaugural London FA Disability Football Forum 

On a Wednesday evening in late November we took some of the young people from our London Futures and Girls Win programmes to the head office of London FA, in Fulham.  We went to participate in the first meeting of the disability football forum organised by London FA, who oversee all football in the capital city. The overall aim of the forum is to find out what the barriers are to young people with disabilities accessing football and trying to find solutions to overcome them. 

The group shared their experiences of football including talking about their role models and discussing the barriers and potential solutions to increase participation.  Both the London FA and the young people found the experience to be interesting and enlightening and the plan is now for the forum to meet quarterly to discuss developments and start addressing the issues that have been raised. The young people were very confident and honest when sharing their views and are keen to be advocates for more young people with disabilities to play sport and will promote initiatives and opportunities created by London FA.  One of the big points that they took away from the young people is that to get them involved you have to go and meet them and win their trust, sitting behind a computer isn’t going to get a new club up and running. 

It remains to be seen exactly what will come of this, but the start is encouraging, and we applaud the efforts of London FA to improve engagement and start all kinds of new clubs, from the casual to the competitive. The more young Londoners being active, the better for everyone! 

To find out more about our disability programmes, please speak to Ryan Jones