The Welsh Football Trust is committed to equal opportunities for all young people to play football regardless of gender, race or ability.
As a consequence the Trust has a strategy for the development of disability football from 2006 until 2010, with the major focus on five key areas:
· Participation- to provide players with a disability the opportunities to participate in regular organised coaching and competition structures. The key aim being the development of a pan-disability football club in each local authority of Wales.
· Development of clubs and competition structures- to improve the standards of existing and new clubs through approved criteria and to develop new teams and competitions on a local, regional and national level.
· Coaches and volunteers- to recruit and develop coaches, officials and volunteers to support the organisation and structure of disability football in Wales.
· Identification and support of talented players- to raise standards of play to support the future success of potential national disability specific teams.
· Profile and media awareness- to increase positive awareness of disability football in Wales.
A National Disability Forum has been established to promote and co-ordinate the development of disability football in Wales. Membership of the forum includes individuals from the Federation of Disability Sport Wales (FDSW), the Disability Sport Wales scheme and the Football Association of Wales amongst others.
The Inclusion Officers are implementing this strategy in partnership with the Disability Sport Wales officers across the country. If you want to get involved and start playing, the contact details of disability football clubs can be found under the ‘search clubs’ action on this web page. Also watch out for news items, with info on new opportunities and forthcoming events.