The Oxford Mail Youth Football League supports the policy that football should be inclusive and, as part of that, we are supporting the Disability Pledge Project to promote the inclusion of those with disabilities within mainsteam grassroots football and provide information on opportunities and pathways where available. The OMYFL have signed their pledge with Oxfordshire FA.
Oxford Mail Youth Football League supports Disability Football and pledges to:
Add the OFA Disability Club Directory to our League Website
Share the OFA Disability Club Directory on our League Social Media Platforms
Audit the players within our league who have disabilities
Promote the England Disability Talent Pathway to eligible players in our league
Provide information on developing club facilities for players and spectators with disabilities
Provide information on courses and workshops for working with disabled footballers
Promote the League as inclusive for people with a disability, whether player, refereeing, coaching or volunteering
Appoint a disability football ambassador to our League committee
The Disability Club Directory maps for Oxfordshire FA and Berks & Bucks FA are shown here. To download a PDF version of these, click on the appropriate map.
To view details of the OFA Pledge Project and to sign your club up, visit the OFA pledge project page. The Berks & Bucks FA started their pledge project a couple of seasons ago and you can find out more information on their pledge project page.
If you are interested in playing opportunities in a disability league, the BOBI League is a pan-disability league that operates across Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.
The League has over 60 teams participating in divisions for adult males, adult females, U16s, U12s and U8s, as well as a division for individuals with mental health and social issues. For more information, you can visit their website.
TALENT ID PATHWAY
The FA have created a Talent ID Pathway to support disability (para) footballers, which allows the players to continue to play in their mainstream teams - see pathway flowchart.
When information on future Talent ID sessions becomes available, we will post details here, so keep checking back for more information.
COACHING COURSES AND RESOURCES
Coaching Disabled Footballers
VIDEO - A DISABILITY FOOTBALLER'S JOURNEY
To hear the story of one disability footballer's journey, watch the following video: