Tuesday 3rd December is both the EFL Day of Disabilities and the International Day of Persons with Disabilities – and therefore a fantastic opportunity for us to shine a light on some of the SEN work that our Community Trust does around Reading and Berkshire.
The Every Player Counts programme – which is funded by the EFL Trust and the Wembley National Stadium Trust – is a two-year funded scheme which allows our Community Trust to run three pan-disability sessions per week.
This week, we met with some of the local youngsters who had come through the programme previously – and as a result had continued on to our SEN Traineeship, where they are now undergoing their Level 1 Sport qualifications and are learning how to become coaches.
Those coaching sessions will even go full circle – after going through the Every Player Counts programme themselves, the trainees are preparing to coach the next batch of learners.
All of the disability sessions run by Reading FC Community Trust will offer exit routes into the disability player pathway, whether that’s an inclusive club session or on the FA England pathway.
Watch the video at the top of this page, where Disability Officer Dan Rook explains a little more about the work that they do.
In addition, our Community Trust also recently launched a monthly health and wellbeing session called Talking Tactics in partnership with Berks & Bucks FA, where people can come to Madejski Stadium to meet new people and learn more about mental health.
To find out more about our SEN and disability programmes, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to get in touch.