The Club are proud to be supporting Level Playing Field’s ‘Weeks of Action’ campaign.
Disability Charity Level Playing Field is celebrating its 17th ‘Weeks of Action’ campaign, which started Saturday 27th January and lasts two weeks, until Sunday 14th March.
The charity focuses on encouraging more disabled fans to watch ‘the beautiful game’ and the key objective of #WeeksOfAction is to raise awareness of good access and inclusion and how it benefits disabled fans and the wider community.
The community foundation offer some brilliant disability opportunities within the Stockport community. Their main aim within the programmes is to provide children and adults the best opportunity regardless of any physical or learning impairment they may have.
The foundation work in partnership with the Cheshire FA to run monthly under 16s and Adults Ability Counts programmes. Due to the pandemic it hasn’t been possible to run their usual campaigns, such as Under 16’s, adult and mental health weekly sessions, high school disability coaching and Ability Counts league and festivals.
The community foundation have worked hard to stay in contact with all their programme users and have used virtual well-being check ins through-out the pandemic.
The Foundation’s Disability Programme’s in more detail:
Throughout Stockport there was very limited provision for Under 16s Pan Disability football in a competitive format, despite there being a number teams that train regularly each week. The foundation identified this and (working alongside the Cheshire FA) now run a monthly festival open to any Under 16s Pan Disability Teams, who are affiliated to the Cheshire FA.
This has made a great impact within the community as all these teams now have a competitive event to look forward to each month, therefore means increased retention within the sport at each club as, it is much less likely that players will drop out with these structured competitions having been created.
There are now three affiliated teams (2 adults, 1 U16s) who represent Stockport County, entering competitions/festivals throughout each season. This gives the players a great sense of ownership and wellbeing; the highlight of the week for many.
Many players representing Stockport County are also keen supporters of the team, again this makes a positive impact on everyone, making them feel very proud when representing the club and wearing the club’s kit.
The foundation work with many different impairment groups: Cerebral Palsy, Autism and Asperger’s to list just a few. Despite these barriers, all participants show a great desire in overcoming their challenges on a weekly basis within the sessions.
For more information about the charity and this year’s ‘Weeks of Action’ campaign, visit their website: https://www.levelplayingfield.org.uk/campaigns-research/weeks-of-action/weeks-of-action-2021/