The Cumberland FA believes in flexible, inclusive and accessible playing opportunities for everyone.
They are really committed to delivering a range of opportunities for players with a disability to access football at various levels across our region.
In 2011 they formed the Ability Counts League, which aims to provide not only a positive experience, but opportunities into the disability player pathway for those aged 16 and over.
We’re really excited to be working alongside the Cumberland FA with this initiative, as we’re keen to support organisations that make a real difference to our communities, and the Ability Counts League does just that, providing both physical and social benefits to those taking part.
Ray Sempill, Cumberland FA Football Development Officer, said of our involvement: “We are delighted to be going into a new partnership with The Cumberland. Our organisations have worked well together on projects in the past and we share the overall aim of making a difference to communities.
“I have been very impressed with their work with the Alzheimer’s Society and their commitment to tackling social exclusion. We look forward to working together during the upcoming Ability Counts League seasons.”
Teams from across the County take part in the monthly league, and Becky Towns, our Community and Events Co-ordinator went along to see, first hand, the positive impact the league has on those taking part. She even became goalie for the ladies team during the last game.
If you want to find out more, you can visit the Cumberland FA website, which provides more detail on the opportunities available to play football, not only in the Ability Counts League, but with opportunities to get involved in Powerframe Football, Cumbria Frame Football and Dementia Friendly Walking Football.