SaintsAbility offers regular football sessions for people of all ages with physical and cognitive impairments. Daytime, evening and weekend community sessions are available at various venues across the county. Thanks to the Premier League/BT Disability fund, that the Saints Foundation go the extra mile to inspire the next generation and to showcase their ability rather than their disability.
SaintsAbility has meant so much to him. It’s given him a sense of belonging, where he has felt part of a team and made many lifelong friends.” Chris Steel – Father of SaintsAbility participant
Open Access Sessions
SaintsAbility provide football and multi-sports activities to primary and secondary SEN schools with links for the young people to open access sessions in the evenings and during the weekends.
There are also sessions during the day for adults (16+) to enjoy football. At Saints Foundation we believe that everybody should have the opportunity to enjoy football. This is why a pathway has been created to enable participants attending the engaging open access sessions to play more football if they wish.
Participants who wish to play competitively will be signposted to inclusive teams that are involved in our Hampshire Pan Disability League. Our open access timetable is as follows:
|WHEN||WHAT||WHERE||AGE GROUP||COST||WHO FOR|
|Monday 10:00-11:00||Football||River Park Leisure Centre, Winchester||16+||Free||All Abilities|
|Monday 20:00-22:00||Football||Oasis Academy, Lords Hill||16+||Free||All Abilities|
|Wednesday 10:30-11:30||Football||Chamberlayne Leisure Centre||16+||£2.60||Basic Skills|
|Wednesday 11:30-12:30||Football||Chamberlayne Leisure Centre||16+||£2.60||Football Skills|
|Wednesday 17:30-18:30||Boxing||Ageas Bowl, Hedge End||5+||Free||All Abilities & Fitness Levels|
|Thursday 14:00-15:00||Football||Fleming Park, Eastleigh||16+||£3.00||All Abilities|
|Sunday 09:00-10:30||Football||Oasis Academy, Lords Hill||5-15||Free||All Abilities|
|Sunday 10:30-12:00||Football||Oasis Academy, Lords Hill||16+||Free||All Abilities|
Advanced Coaching Centre
The pathway continues to develop players with football opportunities for specific impairment groups. Two Advanced Coaching Centres have been created giving young players’ specific all year round training and making people aware of how to progress through the nation pathway including attending the Hampshire FA’s Talent Identification Programme. Both sessions have 5-11 years and 12- 16 year age groups and run on alternating Saturday afternoons.
Week A – Incorporates players with Cerebral Palsy/ Acquired Brain Injury, Hearing Impairments and Visual Impairments, every other Saturday 13:00-14:30, Test Park Sports Ground, Lower Brownhill Road, Southampton, SO16 9BP
Week B – Blind Football – Every other Saturday 13:00-14:00, Knightwood Leisure Centre, Skys Wood Road, Chandler’s Ford, SO53 4SJ.
Please contact us if you would like to know specific dates for the sessions. No previous football experience is required for blind football. All players are eligible and welcome to attend the Cerebral Palsy/ Acquired Brain Injury, Hearing Impairments and Visual Impairments. If we feel the player is not suited to the session due to previous experience then we will suggest a community based session to attend.
Pan Disability Football League
Saints Foundation have teamed up with Hampshire FA and local disability teams to set up the counties first pan disability football league.
As of the 2016/17 season, teams from all over Hampshire will meet on 8 separate occasions and have the chance to test their skills in matches against other teams. The league which is aimed at being inclusive to all abilities and experiences has 3 age groups: under 12’s, under 16’s and adults.
Regional Talent Hub
Saints Foundation’s Regional Talent Hub is a FA licenced advanced coaching platform for young footballers who have cerebral palsy, hearing impairments or are partially sighted.
The Talent Hub, for players aged 7-16 years old, is used as a check point to provide opportunities for players to link into mainstream or impairment specific clubs, helping them continue their development.
The Hub also helps players develop socially, physically, physiologically and technically, and through a combination of all these, it aims to progress them onto the England disability pathway.
If you would like to know more about the Regional Talent Hub, please contact Martin Sinclair at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Delivered at nine venues across Southampton and Eastleigh on various weekday evenings, Saints Kicks offers positive sporting and development opportunities to young people aged 8-19. By engaging young people in both football and multi-sport activities, the project aims to create a sporting habit for life, as well as help break down barriers between young people and authority figures, including the Police. With the support of community partners, Saints Kicks also offers a variety of non-sport activities.
Putting on these local sessions for young people is really appreciated by the Police and local communities.” Natasha Prior – Police Officer – Hampshire Constabulary
Kicks Street Games
Kicks Street Games offers young people between the ages of 8 – 19 the chance to take part in free open access sporting activities throughout the half terms, the next one being delivered in February half-term 2018. The sessions are across Southampton, free, and cater for all abilities. All sessions are led by qualified coaches, allowing young people to socialise whilst taking part in various sports.
For more information on Kicks Street Games, please contact Ollie Morton – email@example.com.
Premier League Girls
Delivered in partnership with the Football Association, the Premier League Women & Girls Project forms part of the Premier League Girls Football Programme, which was launched in 2016 with the aim of driving up female participation in community football. Currently delivered within eight satellite schools across Southampton, our programme provides girls over the age of 11 and of all abilities, with the opportunity to play regular competitive football, whilst having fun and keeping fit with their friends. We also provide two development centres which are invite only, these sessions are offered to advanced players looking to further their development within football.
At the beginning of the year I was not very good at football, but I have improved a lot this year. The Saints Foundation has improved my football in lots of ways. Emily Serridge – Premier League Women and Girls Participant
Marching Towards Employment
Saints Foundation deliver an employability course, to support people with a disability into employment.
The course consists of a Sports Leader’s Qualification, followed by a 6-week employability course. The Sports Leaders Qualification involves learning the fundamentals of coaching and leading a sports session. The following 6 weeks comprises of 2 hours of employability skills focusing on; personal development plans, setting smart goals, stretching comfort zones, interview skills and planning and giving a presentation. The other half of the day will consist of a learning to ski course. Marching Towards Employment has seen great progress towards the job market, with participants growing in confidence and communication skills.
This project is part funded by European Social Fund. For more information, please contact Rob Pearce at firstname.lastname@example.org.