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FA release new football film ahead of FA Disability Cup Finals

The Football Association (The FA) has released an inspiring new film to celebrate football ahead of the 2019 FA Disability Cup, which will take place at St. George’s Park on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 June. 

Bradley Newton partially sighted footballer

The film shines a spotlight on five grassroots footballers telling the story of their own individual journey into the game. From those seeking a competitive environment in which to play the game to others simply finding fun, sociable ways of keeping active.

Their stories are being shared to encourage disabled people to give football a try, whether they are an elite sportsperson looking to compete in the structured game or a complete newcomer exploring new ways to be active. It is part of The FA’s continued drive to improve equality, diversity and inclusion across English football at all levels through its In Pursuit of Progress plan.

FA Disability Cup football video

The five players featured in the video will compete in the 2019 FA Disability Cup this weekend at St George's Park. They are:

  • Bradley Newton, Partially Sighted Footballer
  • Cameron Osburn, Cerebral Palsy Footballer
  • Che Gray, Amputee Footballer
  • Darren Harris, Blind Footballer
  • Rosie Hodgson, Powerchair Footballer

Now entering into its fourth year, the FA Disability Cup is the largest competition of its kind in this country, ensuring that players within impairment-specific football have a national FA competition to call their own, complete with dreams of reaching St. George’s Park for finals weekend.

The FA Disability Cup takes place at St George’s Park on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 June 2019. There are five cup finals scheduled to take place across the weekend delivered in partnership with a range of impairment-specific organisations. 

  • Amputee Cup Final in partnership with England Amputee Football Association
  • Blind Cup Final in partnership with the National Blind Football League
  • Cerebral Palsy Cup Final in partnership with CP Sport
  • Partially Sighted Cup Final in partnership with the National Partially Sighted Football League
  • Powerchair Cup Final in partnership with the Wheelchair Football Association

Bradley Newton, who became involved in partially sighted football after his eye sight was affected as a result of a stroke at the age of 16, explained his excitement, saying:

"Playing at St. George’s Park is a special experience and to be able to share that with a brilliant group of team mates is fantastic. Since joining North West Scorpions I’ve not only been able to improve my own game, but I’ve made lifelong friends along the way. We’re now hoping we can take that spirit into the weekend to bring the trophy home."  

Paul Elliott, Chair of The FA’s Inclusion Advisory Board, said:

"This film is a great way of celebrating disability football by demonstrating the impact the game is having on the lives of those people who already play. By telling these stories, we hope to raise awareness of the opportunities that exist for all within grassroots disability football."

This year’s event will also showcase the exhibition of a new format of 2v2 blind football which The FA is developing as a beginner friendly-format of the standard 5v5 format currently adopted within blind football.

For more information on how to get involved in football and a full schedule of FA Disability Cup matches this weekend, visit FA website.
Tickets for the FA Disability Cup are available from FA ticketline website, priced at £2 for adults and £1 for juniors and concessions.

Photo credit: Football Association