ALBION in the Community isthe largest provider of football opportunities for people with a disability in Sussex – giving people of all ages and abilities the chance to take part in fun and competitive sport.

Here’s their latest update:

We are pleased to announce that under current government guidance, outdoor sport for people with a disability is permitted once again, and we are therefore able to restart weekly inclusive face-to-face sessions in Brighton for the rest of March.

The sessions will be open to all players, but you will need to pre-book in order to attend. To book this session, click here.

During the sessions:

  • We will aim to limit physical contact time between players.
  • Our coaches will be stricter on social distancing among players.
  • Activities will be spread across bigger spaces with reduced group sizes.
  • We will ensure high standards of hygiene.
  • Staff will complete all necessary cleaning and Covid-19 procedures.

We will be restarting more sessions if the guidance changes on 29 March and we’ll update here once we have more information.

Please read our Restart guide for disability sessions (March 2021) for more information about the sessions happening this month.

Any questions in the meantime, just drop us an email at: disability@albioninthecommunity.org.uk.

Face-to-face football sessions:

Mondays

Session: Amputee (adults)
Age group: 15+ years
Time: 8:30 – 10pm
Dates: 12, 19 and 26 April.
Venue: Falmer Sports Complex (ATP), Pavillion Road, Brighton, BN1 9PJ (3G).
Matchday info pack: check here

Session: Cerebral palsy (adults)
Age group: 15+ years
Time: 8:30 – 10pm
Dates: 12, 19 and 26 April.
Venue: Falmer Sports Complex (ATP), Pavillion Road, Brighton, BN1 9PJ (3G).
Matchday info pack: check here

Session: Deaf team (adults)
Age group: 15+ years
Time: 8:30 – 10pm
Dates: 12, 19 and 26 April.
Venue: Falmer Sports Complex (ATP), Pavillion Road, Brighton, BN1 9PJ (3G).
Matchday info pack: check here

Session: Adult development squad (invite only)
Age group: 15+ years
Time: 8:30 – 10pm
Dates: 12, 19 and 26 April.
Venue: Falmer Sports Complex (ATP), Pavillion Road, Brighton, BN1 9PJ (3G).
Matchday info pack: check here

Session: Junior development squad (invite only)
Age group: 10+ years
Time: 7 – 8pm
Dates: 12, 19 and 26 April.
Venue: Falmer Sports Complex (ATP), Pavillion Road, Brighton, BN1 9PJ (AstroTurf).
Matchday info pack: check here

Tuesdays

Session: Junior development squad (invite only)
Age group: 10+ years
Time: 5 – 6pm
Dates:  13, 20 and 27 April.
Venue: Causeway School, Larkspur Drive, Eastbourne, BN23 8EJ.

Session: Adult development squad (invite only)
Age group: 16+ years
Time: 6 – 7.30pm
Dates:  13, 20 and 27 April.
Venue: Causeway School, Larkspur Drive, Eastbourne, BN23 8EJ.

Session: Mental wellbeing (adults)
Age group: 16+ years
Time: 6 – 7.30pm
Dates:  13, 20 and 27 April.
Venue: Causeway School, Larkspur Drive, Eastbourne, BN23 8EJ.

Fridays

Session: Mental wellbeing (adults)
Age group: 16+ years
Time: 2 – 3pm
Dates: 9, 16, 23 and 30 April
Venue: Worthing Leisure Centre, Shaftesbury Ave, Goring-by-Sea, Worthing BN12 4ET.

Saturdays – Inclusive football

Session: Worthing Inclusive (juniors and adults)
Age group: 6+ years
Time: juniors 9.30 – 10.30am, adults 10:30am – 12pm.
Dates: 10, 17 and 24 April
Venue: Durrington High School, The Boulevard, Worthing, BN13 1JX.

Session: Eastbourne Inclusive (juniors and adults)
Age group: 6+ years
Time: juniors 11.30am – 12.30pm, adults 10 – 11.30am.
Dates: 10, 17 and 24 April
Venue: Eastbourne Sports Park, Cross Levels Way, Eastbourne, BN21 2UF.

Session: Horsham Inclusive (juniors and adults)
Age group: 6+ years
Time: juniors 10 – 11am, adults 11am – 12pm.
Dates: 10, 17 and 24 April
Venue: The Holbrook Club, Horsham, RH12 5PJ.

Session: Brighton Inclusive (juniors and adults)
Age group: 6+ years
Time: juniors 10.30 – 11.30am, adults 11.30am – 1pm.
Dates: 10, 17 and 24 April
Venue: University of Brighton Sports Centre, Village Way, Falmer, Brighton BN1 9PH (AstroTurf)

Session: Burgess Hill Inclusive (juniors and adults)
Age group: 6+ years
Time: Juniors – 11am – 12am, Adults 10am – 11pm.
Dates: 17 and 24 April
Venue: The Triangle, Triangle Way, Burgess Hill RH15 8WA

Sundays – Disability specific

Session: Brighton (juniors)
Age group: 4 – 9 years
Time: 9:30 – 10.30am
Dates: 11 and 25 April
Venue: Falmer Sports Complex (ATP), Pavillion Road, Brighton, BN1 9PJ (AstroTurf).
Matchday info pack: check here

Session: Learning disability (juniors)
Age group: 6 – 15 years
Time: 9:30 – 10.30am
Dates: 11 and 25 April.
Venue: Falmer Sports Complex (ATP), Pavillion Road, Brighton, BN1 9PJ (AstroTurf).
Matchday info pack: check here

Session: Cerebral palsy (juniors)
Age group: 6+ years
Time: 10:30 – 11.30am
Dates: 11 and 25 April
Venue: Falmer Sports Complex (ATP), Pavillion Road, Brighton, BN1 9PJ (AstroTurf).
Matchday info pack: check here

Session: Partially-sighted and deaf (juniors)
Age group: 6+ years
Time: 10:30 – 11.30am
Dates: 11 and 25 April
Venue: Falmer Sports Complex (ATP), Pavillion Road, Brighton, BN1 9PJ (AstroTurf).
Matchday info pack: check here

Session: Sunday adults
Age group: 15+ years
Time: 11:30am – 1pm
Dates: 11 and 25 April
Venue: Falmer Sports Complex (ATP), Pavillion Road, Brighton, BN1 9PJ (AstroTurf).
Matchday info pack: check here

Session:  Learning disability (adults)
Age group: 15+ years
Time: 11:30am – 1pm
Dates: 11cand 25 April
Venue: Falmer Sports Complex (ATP), Pavillion Road, Brighton, BN1 9PJ (AstroTurf).
Matchday info pack: check here

Session: AITC DS (Down’s syndrome)
Age group: 6+ years
Time: 1 – 2.15pm
Dates: 11 and 25 April
Venue: Falmer Sports Complex (ATP), Pavillion Road, Brighton, BN1 9PJ (AstroTurf).
Matchday info pack: check here

Session: Women and girls (adults and juniors)
Age group: 6+ years
Time: 1 – 2.15pm
Dates: 11 and 25 April
Venue: Falmer Sports Complex (ATP), Pavillion Road, Brighton, BN1 9PJ (AstroTurf).
Matchday info pack: check here

Session: Autism-friendly (adults and juniors)
Age group: 6+ years
Time: 2.30 – 4pm
Dates: 11 and 25 April
Venue: Falmer Sports Complex (ATP), Pavillion Road, Brighton, BN1 9PJ (AstroTurf).
Matchday info pack: check here

Online Zoom football sessions

Tuesdays
Session: Zoom football session for adult and junior players
Time: 6 – 7pm
Zoom meeting: CLICK HERE to join
Meeting ID: 927 6536 5373
Passcode: 661821

Wednesdays
Session: Wellbeing catch-up for adult and junior players (no football activity)
Time: 4.30 – 5.15pm
Zoom meeting: CLICK HERE to join
Meeting ID: 961 8506 5709
Password: 408377

Saturdays
Session: Zoom football session for adult and junior players
Time: 9.45 – 11am
Zoom meeting: CLICK HERE to join
Meeting ID: 915 3827 3208
Password: 522271
Please note: this session starts at 9.45am for social and the physical activity will start at 10am.

Inclusive football

We currently run a host of football sessions for players with a disability at venues throughout Sussex, including regular sessions in Eastbourne, Burgess Hill, Worthing, Brighton, Lancing (adult only), Horsham and Chichester.

These sessions are open to anyone with a disability who is aged five and over who wants to play regular football. Everyone is welcome and our qualified coaches make sure all the players are given the opportunity to experience the many benefits of taking part in regular sport.

For more information on these sessions email: disability@albioninthecommunity.org.uk or call 01273 668590.

Disability-specific football

As well as our inclusive football sessions we also run a number of disability-specific football sessions for people of all ages at venues throughout Sussex. This includes sessions focused on the players with any of the following disabilities:

  • Down’s syndrome.
  • Partially-sighted or registered blind.
  • On the autistic spectrum.
  • An amputee or have a congenital limb deficiency.
  • Cerebral palsy and/or require a frame.
  • Deaf or hearing impairment.
  • Learning disabilities.
  • Adults who have or have had mental health problems.
  • A physical disability and/or are a wheelchair user.

We have introduced a bespoke football curriculum for each of our programmes, which fit each activity and the ability levels of participants. We incorporate some of the club’s playing philosophies within these curriculums to ensure our players play the Brighton & Hove Albion way. Our qualified coaches make sure all the players are given the opportunity to experience the many benefits of taking part in regular sport.

For more information on our disability-specific sessions email: disability@albioninthecommunity.org.uk or call: 01273 668590.

Football pathway and FA talent programmes

We run a number of player development sessions for both adult and junior players, including two FA regional talent programmes. The pathways are part of our players’ development in football and offer appropriate opportunities at different levels.

We host two weekly invitation-only high-performance adult sessions on Tuesday evenings in East Sussex and West Sussex. The sessions are open to all our players who want to develop and improve their football. Where possible the pathway sessions take place at Brighton & Hove Albion’s American Express Elite Football Performance Centre in Lancing.

We also operate two FA regional talent programmes – including a talent hub for players who are partially-sighted, deaf or have cerebral palsy, where they receive expert coaching in futsal. The hub forms a crucial element of the FA’s national pathway and offers local players the chance to progress to international honours. The talent hub runs every other Saturday from October to June at Brighton Aldridge Community academy (BACA) in Brighton.

In addition, we also operate an FA talent support programme for players who are blind. It provides one-to-one coaching to locally-based players on a regular basis.

For more information on our disability pathway programmes email: disability@albioninthecommunity.org.uk or call: 01273 668590.

National disability-specific teams

We also have a number of disability-specific teams, including some that compete at regional and national level. All our squads, with the exception of our powerchair teams, train regularly at Brighton & Hove Albion’s American Express Elite Football Performance Centre in Lancing.

Our roster of teams currently includes:

  • Brighton & Hove Albion Cerebral Palsy FC: an adult, seven-a-side team that train and play against teams from all over the country in the National Cerebral Palsy Football League. Training takes place every Monday between 8pm and 9.30pm.
  • Brighton & Hove Albion Amputee FC: an adult, seven-a-side team that train and play against teams from all over the country in the National Amputee Football League. Training takes place every Monday between 8pm and 9.30pm.
  • Brighton & Hove Albion Deaf FC: an adult, 11-a-side team for people with hearing impairments. Training takes place every Tuesday between 8pm and 9.30pm and the team play in England Deaf Football’s National Deaf League.
  • Brighton & Hove Albion Powerchair FC: we currently have two powerchair teams. One competes in the top division of the national league and are also reigning regional champions in the South East Regional League. Our other powerchair team play in the South East Regional League. Powerchair football is a four-a-side game played on an indoor court. Training takes place every Tuesday at Littlehampton Academy.