FA celebrates disability football with new film

13 Jun 2019

By: Sport Industry Group

The FA has released a new film to celebrate disability football ahead of the 2019 FA Disability Cup at St. George’s Park.

The event will take place from 15th-16th June and will mark the fourth edition of the FA Disability Cup.

The FA’s new film shines a spotlight on five grassroots disability footballers, who tell the stories of their individual journeys into the sport. It is hoped the film will encourage anybody with a disability to take up football, irrespective of ability or experience.

The film forms part of the FA’s continued drive to improve equality, diversity and inclusion across English football through its ‘In Pursuit of Progress’ plan.

The film features partially-sighted footballer Bradley Newton, cerebral palsy footballer Cameron Osburn, amputee footballer Che Gray, blind footballer Darren Harris, and powerchair footballer Rosie Hodgson. All five players will be competing in this year’s FA Disability Cup.

The event will see five finals held across the aforementioned categories in partnership with a range of impairment-specific organisations.

Paul Elliott, Chair of the FA’s Inclusion Advisory Board, said: “This film is a great way of celebrating disability football by demonstrating the impact the game is having on the lives of those people who already play. By telling these stories, we hope to raise awareness of the opportunities that exist for all within grassroots disability football.”

This year’s event will also showcase the new format of 2v2 blind football, which the FA is developing as a beginner-friendly variation of the standard 5v5 format currently used within blind football.