TOWN-based Disability Sport Fife has teamed-up with Glenrothes Strollers to develop football for players with a learning disability.
Strollers were recently recognised by the Scottish Football Association as the best community football outfit in the country and they are determined to become even more inclusive.
The club currently offers ‘nursery football’ for the under-fives, ‘fun fours’ for five to eight year-olds, and seven-a-sides those between eight and 11.
There is also 11-a-side football up to 19 years of age as well as an established adult amateur team.
The fast growing Strollers girls section, with three teams of different age groups, confirms the club’s very positive stance on equity.
SFA disability football officer, David McArdle, brought together DSF President Richard Brickley and Strollers chairman John Buchanan during the recent series one of the DSF 7-a-side Football League for players with a learning disability.
It was quickly very clear the two organisations shared the same values and passion for football development.
DSF was delighted to hear that the club plans to offer Saturday morning monthly taster coaching sessions and this new initiative will be advertised throughout the organisation’s network. Mr Brickley said: “The creation of inclusive football opportunities as visualised by Strollers, with players with a disability being offered discrete and inclusive football, is consistent with the DSF model of inclusive sport.”
The free sessions will be held on Saturday, 25 February, Saturday 24 March and Saturday 28 April, between 10am and 12noon at Over Stenton Park, Viewfield Road, Glenrothes.
To book a place, telephone Strollers on 07837 348060 or DSF administrator, telephone 08451 555555, extension 444989 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).