LINCOLNSHIRE FA: Chance for players with disabilities to showcase skills

Disability Talent Identification Programme
Disability Talent Identification Programme
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Lincolnshire FA hosted an FA Disability England Talent Day as part of the Disability Talent Identification Programme running in conjunction with the FA to identify those aged 11 to 15 with cerebral palsy / amputee/ learning disability / deaf male & female / blind / partially sighted players to progress through the disability pathway.

The Talent Day was delivered at Christ Hospital School, Lincoln, with Kevin England, National FA Disability & Coach mentor, in attendance to support in the selection process.

There were 16 players in attendance from teams within Lincolnshire who had the opportunity to showcase their skills on the day, coming from SEN and mainstream environments.

Following on from a successful Talent Day, players will now be signposted to the most appropriate environment for them at present to develop, while keeping players within the Talent system.

Players are now waiting to hear whether they have been successful in being invited back to be involved within a six-week assessment period due to commence on Tuesday, April 4, which will provide additional coaching that will run alongside their current coaching sessions – it is in no way a replacement of where they are currently playing.

Lincolnshire FA Football Development Officer (Disability) Michelle Marshall said “The Disability Talent Programme provides a great opportunity to raise awareness of the opportunities that are actually available for players with disabilities from an early age to access at various levels of the game.

“It’s important that through networks and delivery of the programme we are able to signpost players to the most appropriate avenue in order to develop them as players.”

“It was a great turnout on the day and I’m excited to see the development of the players during the six-week assessment.

“It’s a great programme that we want to continue to develop and grow over the next couple of years.”

After the assessment period there will then be another opportunity window for players to be signposted to impairment specific regional talent centre pathways.

It was a great turnout on the day and I’m excited to see the development of the players during the six-week assessment.

Michelle Marshall

If you have any questions about the programme or any additional information around the disability football provision, contact Michelle Marshall, Disability Football Development Officer, on 078134 58812 or