Disability Football

Cumberland FA are committed to supporting players with disabilities to play football either as part of a structured Club, a team that plays in the School Games, within the Carlisle United Ability Counts League or more recreationally learning how to play.

There are a number of ways that, as a player, you can 'Get Into Football' through the following; 
Ability Counts Clubs and Just Play Centres:
The Ability Counts Clubs were established specifically for players with disabilities to cater for your playing needs.  All of these clubs have shown a commitment to providing opportunities for disabled people to take part in coaching and competitive football and are the hub for disability football in their local area.

Most of our Ability Counts Clubs train on a regular basis throughout the season in our FA Mars Just Play Centres.  Our three centres provide an opportunity for disabled players to just turn up and play, meet new friends and learn new things.




Sands Centre, Carlisle


6.00pm – 7.00pm

Penrith Leisure Centre, Penrith


4.30pm – 5.30pm

West Cumbria
Lakes College, Lillyhall, Workington


5.00pm – 6.00pm

Centres charge £1-£2 per participant per week

Carlisle United Ability Counts League:
The CUFC Ability Counts League is for players with a disability who want to play regular football. The League has adult football matches, and caters for all levels of ability. Fixtures are held approximately once a month during the season (March – October), with teams from across the County taking part, at a central venue.

The Carlisle United Ability Counts League is the first ever disability league within the county and started in season 2011/12. The League will be looking to expand as well as develop an ability counts youth League throughout this coming season. The League aims to provide a positive experience and opportunities into the disability player pathway.

Click here to see the Carlisle United Ability Counts League in action

Excellence Programme:
As a player, if you want to strive to be the best within the game then there is a structured pathway to aid your development. Within the North West region there are a number of Disability Centre of Excellence programme’s and Disability Player Development Centres that cater for both adult (16+) and youth male players (12-16 years) and represent Cerebral Palsy, Visual Impaired, Deaf / Hearing Impaired, Amputee (leg & arm) and Learning Disabilities.

The centres run throughout the core part of the season on an annual basis, with the aim being to develop technical ability and guide players to the next step within the football pathway, be it through a club, impairment specific programme or within a disability group.

If you are a parent, club or volunteer and require further assistance, then please do not hesitate to contact Jess Lawson, Football Development Officer on 01900 872310 or e-mail Jessica.Lawson@CumberlandFA.com