The Scottish FA has laid out their blueprint for disability football over the next five years.
The strategy – entitled ‘Scotland United: Scottish Football’s Disability Future 2012-2017’ – will build on the success of the association’s first ever disability plan ‘Hitting the Target 2006-2010 – the future of disability football’.
David McArdle, the Scottish FA’s Disability Development Officer, said: “We are ready to expand on our success of providing more footballing opportunities for people with disabilities.
“There has never been a better time in the history of Scotland’s national sport for people with disabilities to play football.
“The previous plan was about raising awareness of the Scottish FA’s commitment to disability football.
“This plan has set targets aimed at increasing the number of opportunities to play football.
“We have established links with disability groups nationwide where football had previously not been available but is now.”
The Disability Football Programme is an important part of the Scottish FA’s commitment to encouraging those with disabilities – physical, sensory or learning or a mixture of all three – to participate in football.
The document, developed in partnership with Scottish Disability Sport, sits alongside the Scottish FA’s overall strategic plan: Scotland United: A 2020 Vision.
David said: “We can now set targets within the Scottish FA’s disability football strategy as we have come a long way since 2006 when we were establishing links with disability sport.
“The targets are laid out in the document and include sustaining 2000 players with a disability playing football each year, having a disability workshop delivered in each region each year and having 100 coaches attending disability coach education each year.”
A link between local and national football is also a key area of the new strategy.
David explained: “We aim to improve the pathway between people playing football at a local level to playing at a national level.
“This is about allowing players to reach their full potential.”
Click here to read the SFA strategy document (PDF file – 1.3MB).