The FA Disability Cup takes place this weekend at St. Georges’ Park, with five national finals in five different impairment groups – deaf, blind, cerebral palsy, powerchair and amputee – commencing at the national football centre on Saturday 6 May.
To mark it, a special film has been made featuring a cast list of rising stars from the disability football world.
Sam Bull (powerchair), Brandon Coleman (blind), Jordan Twiss (cerebral palsy) and Danielle Evans (deaf) all feature and explain how their involvement in their chosen discipline has helped them in other areas of their life.
“The power of football is unstoppable” said Bull.
“When I started playing powerchair football, the boost I had to my mental state and my confidence was massive, and my competitive side, which was probably always there, really came out.”
Evans, who plays for Everton FC’s deaf team and is a two-time disability player of the year, added: “There’s a lot of people out there that don’t know the pathway for disability football and it’s just a case of getting that awareness out there.”
In addition, The FA has released its first ever British Sign Language (BSL) film in association with the English Federation of Disability in Sport (EFDS) ahead of the finals, which you can watch below.
Meanwhile, follow @FA on Twitter this weekend to receive regular updates of the different games.