What do we do?
The formation of Ability Counts was one of the key objectives of the FA’s strategy for developing football for disabled people and we are fully committed to supporting any player disabled or non disabled or those who suffer from any type or degree of mental health and there are a number of ways that players can enjoy football with us, whether it is just turn up and play, participating in regular, structured, fun professional training sessions or joining our registered players and compete in leagues and various tournaments nationwide against other players with the same disabilities/impairments. Our sessions aim to increase confidence, self-belief, physical fitness and health and well-being, we also offer the chance for any players any age to follow their own development pathway.
In the words of Darren Warner, “After being a part of several clubs for my son who has autism I was a little disappointed at what was on offer around disability football in Doncaster and after a few several failed attempts to get involved I decide to launch a club of my own in Doncaster. With just 8 players we started at Balby Carr in June of 2014 – in a short space of time we had 3 adult teams and 2 junior teams.”
“Our growth meant that we would need a new home to accommodate what we had to offer. With this in mind we met up with the local pro club Doncaster Rovers to forge a partnership which would aid both parties and help each other in offering an inclusive opportunity with the community. We now have 5 adult teams, 4 junior teams and an 11 a side option. Our aim is to offer the opportunity to anyone who wishes to play the beautiful game, bringing true meaning to “For All” also forging strong relationships with the NHS through RDASH and Cheswold Park Hospital to offer a physical activity for those who suffer from any type or degree of mental health.”
Who are we?
- We are a Charter Standard club that believes in equality.
- In 2017 we achieved Special Olympics accrediation
- We are a club for any beginner, disabled or non-disabled who wants to learn how to play football, focusing on player development.
- We are affiliated with the Sheffield & Hallamshire county FA.
- We are registered with the South Yorkshire Ability Counts League for adult players
- We are registered with the Sheffield & District Junior Football League Ability Counts Division for junior players.
- You can view our Club Constitution by clicking here.
Leagues & Tournaments We Compete in
Adult Mixed Ability Counts League Football 5 & 7 a side
The South Yorkshire Ability Counts League is an adult Pan-Disability league and runs five divisions: 7 a side Premiership, Championship and League 1 and 5 a side Premiership and Championship. Each division being based on players ability level. Fixtures take place approximately once per month.
These teams compete in fun 5, 7 & 11 a side tournaments nationwide throughout the summer and are a chance for the women and girls to join forces with the males to play competitive football.
Adult Male Inclusive 11 a side Sheffield & Hallamshire County FA Flourish League
Ability Counts League offers 11 football. These take place approximately once per month.
Junior Mixed Ability Counts League Football 7 a side
The Sheffield & District Junior Sunday Football league host the junior disability fixtures. Which are split in to two categories Under 12’s and Under 16’s. Again, these take place once per month.