We are always looking for new sessions and new places to take our players and any new players that will join because of this funding. A lot of disabled players feel left out from main stream football and our club gives them chance to experience the same things at their own levels. Having sessions, games and trips, gives them something to look forward to every week and gives them chance to make new friendships they wouldn't get if they was stuck at home. Obviously it is good for their mental health and gives their parents/carers a couple of hours restbite. Each week will be different for them, and not all football related. all the time.
The provision of two hours per week of football training on a Sunday afternoon, one hour each for two levels of ability, we will also arrange two football competitions with other disability teams and two subsided social trips/activities for the players, as well as their parents and carers. We also provide subsidised tickets to watch Bradford City FC play on Saturday home games which they can go to The goal is to improve their lives for the better, The funding will be used for venue hire, travel costs, equipment and volunteer costs. We are hoping this will encourage a lot of new players to the club. to join one our many teams, or just for them to participate in the events that we will run.
We have 20 years of experience through our Head coach Paul Jubb, who was BBC Unsung hero 2016, Paul has a passion for disability football and is also secretary of the South Yorkshire Ability Counts League and Jaimie Dorward who has been involved in disability football for around 8 years who organizes all the trips that we currently run for mainly the junior section of the club.
|Venue hire x 8wks 2hrs||£560|
|staff 2 coaches/staff x 30hrs||£1,000|
|Travel costs Mini bus hire for 3 trips.||£840|
|Entry into venues for trips (ground tours etc)||£600|
The impact can be lifelong for many who attend the football, building on the training and their love of football the players can quickly develop improved health and social skills leading to friendships and a support network for them and their parents/carers. Many grow their friendships and become small social groups where they chat online and meet up for lunch or to watch football at Bradford City or on TV in their local pub or soccer centre.I know some of our players have nothing else in their life but their football and friends at the club so it really fulfils a need. With the impact of covid many of our players are vulnerable and been unable to or are afraid to access indoor services and as an outdoor activity football has managed to be available to many players throughout a large part of lockdown and also allays many fears of close contact with others.