The FA and Jersey FA are here to ensure everyone who is involved in football has a great experience – regardless of gender, sexuality, ethnicity, ability or disability, faith or age. Both The FA and the Jersey FA are working to ensure everyone has the opportunity to be part of the game.
We will all work together on our inclusion priorities over the coming years. These are underpinned by three principles of change:
- ensuring governance and leadership is diverse and modern;
- removing any obstacles to access and progression in coaching, talent development or personal development pathways; and
- enshrining equality, diversity and inclusion in our day to day operations.
In order to make a difference, The FA is running and supporting leadership programmes for women, BAME and young people and will adhere to the Government’s code for governance in sport. We will also examine pathways and promote inclusion and access for coaches, welfare officers, club officials, league officials, players, coaches and tutors; and we will challenge ourselves with measurable targets that deliver on diversity and inclusion outcomes. We will also work with a variety of stakeholders on topics such as mental health and LGB&T to ensure that people feel safe and included in football.
Meanwhile, there also many programmes across football which support our aims as part of The FA and County FAs wider inclusion programmes which we will continue to deliver. Our disability football programmes are some of the best in the world; we have an Asian football plan called ‘Bringing Opportunities to Communities’; our women’s strategy ‘Gameplan for Growth’ aims to double female participation by 2020; and we continue to work to encourage football across different faiths and communities. You can find out about these and many more on The FA’s website.
JTC Jersey Wanderers Launch Frame Football in Association with Jersey FA
In 2016 JTC Jersey Wanderers in association with the Jersey FA launched Frame football. Something specifically developed just for frame users and adaptable for ambulant footballers.
Cerebral Palsy Sport has designed, developed and trialled Frame Football all around the UK enjoying lots of really positive feedback from coaches, equipment specialists, physiotherapists, parents and the players themselves as something that creates a truly player centred football opportunity. There are now 17 registered clubs.
Supported by the Football Association’s Disability Committee as a grassroots development programme, Frame Football is already gaining recognition as an inclusive Adapted Sport and we’re absolutely delighted to be bringing it to Jersey.
JTC Jersey Wanderers Junior coach; Paul Greenwood, first spotted Frame Football via twitter which led to a discussion with Cerebral Palsy National Development Officer Sam Turner.
“I spoke to Sam via email and he helped me establish this initiative. Paul added; “I’ve seen the benefits of these kind of initiatives, not only does it give children with mobility disorders a chance to play, it also has huge social benefits in meeting and playing with likeminded children in a truly inclusive environment. I am delighted that Sam is now travelling to Jersey for the launch event and also the support I have received from local parent Mrs Claire Steel in bringing it all together."
"Our aim is to run fortnightly sessions in Springfield Sports Hall. The staff at Springfield have been very generous and offered me the hall for free for this initial taster session but looking ahead I will need to explore funding opportunities to develop the Initiative and purchase more specialist sports frames for the children."