Kent Disability Football League
Football is for everyone
It goes back to 2005, through an initiative between the Kent FA with Paul Dolan acting as disability development officer and clubs which included Invicta Valiants, Larkfield, Charlton and Valance School, also involved was Mike Bishop disability officer for Kent County Council and Alan Milner from the Parents Consortium. The idea was to provide regular competitive playing opportunities for young players with a disability.
The members met at Valance School where at first the meetings were to talk about setting up a league. After a while they were joined by John Harvey representing Bower Grove School. When finally things seemed to be moving with the league i.e working out fixtures, the FA stepped in to inform the League that we couldn't play because we had proposed a 4 year age banding to get numbers up to play. The Kent FA couldn't sanction the league without the go ahead from the FA, so it took another year before the FA approved the league as a pilot model.
Creating the right environments for our players, both on and off the pitch is so important. Even though your role could be slightly different from someone else within your club or league, it’s important that we all play our part in creating a fun, safe and inclusive environment.
The Respect codes of conduct are in place to ensure that everyone involved within an FA Charter Standard club or league is playing their part to give the players a positive experience.
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