The “beautiful” game is played around the world from village greens to World Cup finals. For many years, disabled people have been spectators, as others have enjoyed the highs and lows of playing football. But in recent years variations of the sport have been devised to allow virtually any disabled person to play, and to enjoy the thrills of taking part, and winning.
Disability football is now available at Newtown Football Club thanks to an unique partnership with the local Special Educational Needs schools and Coleg Powys students to provide the coaching. The new Newtown disability football team will participate in the North Wales Monthly Festivals and also the National Championships. The team train every Friday afternoon at Latham Park.
Many disabled people, whether juniors or adults, play in what are known as pan-disability teams. (Teams comprised of individuals with differing impairments, playing together, regardless of the limitations in play). However, disability football now exists in six main variations. These are for people who are: blind, partially sighted, deaf and/or hearing impaired, those with cerebral palsy, amputees, those with a learning disability, and most recently those who use powered wheelchairs.