Talent days are being held to find potential England disability players of the future.
The FA has teamed up with the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) to host a series of talent days that will identify up and coming players for England’s successful disability squads.
The FA runs seven national disability teams that cover Blind, Cerebral Palsy, Deaf Men & Women, Learning Disability, Partially Sighted and Amputee football with England regularly competing in World and European Championships across the globe.
"Disabled people often think that they can’t play the game because of their disability but that couldn’t be further from the truth," said Jeff Davis, The FA’s National Manager for Disability Football.
"There’s an opportunity for everyone to play and, if you’re good enough to make it through to the England squads, then there’s a chance to see the world as well."
And Davis is hoping that college and university staff can play their part in identifying new players: "We want people to nominate players who have the potential to wear The Three Lions of England.
"The series of talent days will focus on players with sensory or physical disabilities and it really is an opportunity of a lifetime and shouldn’t be missed."
The talent days will take place in June on the following dates, running from 10.30am – 1.30pm:
1 June – Nicholls Football Centre, Manchester College, M12 6BA
2 June – Bridgwater College, Bridgewater, TA6 4PZ
3 June – Henley College, Coventry, CV2 1ED
4 June – Hillingdon Athletics Stadium, Uxbridge, UB8 1ES
5 June – Charlton Athletic Training Ground
All trials will take place on third-generation (3G) or sand-based astro pitches while players must bring their own kit, boots, trainers plus refreshments.
If you’d like to nominate someone for a talent day then contact email@example.com with player name, address, date of birth, name of college or university, details of disability, playing experience and date of talent day.