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Soccability Support From Clarets’ Conference Grant

Mon 7th Mar 2011 | Money & Finance

Essex County FA’s Senior Development Officer (Inclusion), John Manning, welcomed news of the expansion of Chelmsford City FC’s Disability Programme thanks to the award of a grant of £8,636 from the new Football Conference Community Club Development Fund.

Two registration evenings took place recently under the watchful eyes of First Team players at Melbourne Stadium. The programme, which is being supported by the County Office, is to begin shortly and will be open to males or females over 16 with any type of disability. The club will run twelve coaching sessions each term for one hour on Tuesday evenings at Writtle College and a summer school of eight one-and-a-half-hour slots on grass facilities.

The long term goal, by year three, is to have both a men’s and a ladies’ adult disability team competing under the City banner. Chelmsford also aim to develop coaches to work specifically with adults with disabilities by putting ten people through Levels One and Two of The Football Association’s Coaching Disabled Footballers Course over the next three years. This training scheme would also be open to those with disabilities.

Manning said: “I am so pleased that we’re developing regular disability provision in Chelmsford, with Writtle Minors YFC getting involved elsewhere in the County Town recently. We’ve been trying to get Soccability off the ground in this area for some time and I must take thank everyone at Chelmsford City FC and the supporting authorities for organising this project.”

The programme is also being supported by the Essex Inclusive Sports Enterprise and Writtle College, with additional support from Chelmsford Borough Council via Active Chelmsford and the Chelmsford Partnership. It was launched during registration days in February and, on the second of these, newcomers had the opportunity to meet some of the Clarets’ players.

Image - Essex County FA Soccability League in Chelmsford.

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