Ability Counts

The Leeds United Ability Counts Programme is an opportunity for players with a disability from across Leeds and the surrounding areas to become involved in regular football. Over the past 10 years the Ability Counts programme has built an unrivalled reputation and is now seen as the leading provision for disability football, delivering a high quality and tailored programme of activities. The programme caters for players of all ages across the spectrum of disabilities, and focuses on ability, not disability. We currently run sessions from ‘Beginner’ through to ‘Advanced’ ensuing that all players, regardless of their disability can join the Leeds United Ability Counts Programme.

As with programmes across The Leeds United foundation we pride ourselves on the knowledge and awareness possessed by our coaching and their continued commitment to their further development.

The Leeds United Ability Counts Programme works along-side a range of partners ranging from the NHS, through to Education and Parent Support Groups to ensure that the maximum number of players receive information on the sessions and guidance as to which one would best suit their needs, motivations and desired outcomes. Players are encouraged to fully commit to the programme and to avoid the ‘drop-in, drop-out’ nature of disability sport. In return for this commitment all players enjoy a minimum 30 week season of training activities and should they choose to do so they can progress to join the competitive teams that represent Leeds United in the West Riding County Football Association Ability Counts league, a monthly central venue competitive league for players with a disability.

To date the Leeds United Ability counts Programme has worked with over 1,200 players and currently has a membership of 130 players ranging from ages 4 to 56. In addition to the number of players we currently engage we deliver over 100 sessions per season and have recently explored the provision of impairment specific sessions looking to work with Blind players.

The Ability Counts Programme has received external recognition from the Football League Trust with one player being awarded regional Player of the Year at the Football Leagues Every Player Counts awards. In addition to this we have had players selected to attend national trials for the MENCAP (Learning Difficulty) England Squad.

For more information on the Leeds United Ability Counts Programme, please contact James Doyle, Disability Football Development Officer on 07540 127 683 by email james.doyle@wrcfa.com or contact The Leeds United Foundation Office on 0113 367 6307.