The Disability Football section was set up in December 2005 by Daniel Rogers. The initial aim was to provide more opportunities for people with disabilities to play football as few existed in the area. With the support of Coach, Anthony Roche, we started with only 5 players. In the years since we have seen Disability football grow, not only within the club but across Hertfordshire.
Now in 2021 the section, continues to move from strength to strength. with Tracey Light at the helm.
We are please to announce that the section now has a new sponsor Marshall Volkswagen St Albans.
Disability football has been growing in the UK over recent years and St Albans City Youth has been one of the key founders of Disability Football in Hertfordshire. There is now a clear player pathway for players to progress to Disability England squads. The Disability Team at City Youth has been working with key partners in the community not only to provide a chance to play football, but also to train more disability coaches and place them in community projects running in St. Albans. We currently have started to look to train up coaches with Disabilities acting as Role Models in local Schools and Centres encouraging more people to get involved in sport.
In 2012 five of the St Albans City Youth Disability Community Coaches were rewarded by being asked to carry the Olympic Torch in London at the start of the Paralympic Games. This was a life changing experience.
The Disability Section would like to thank the following organisations and community groups for their support:
Hertfordshire County Council – Aiming High Training Programme
The Herts Sports Partnership, O2, Hertfordshire Police, St. Albans Special Olympics, Active St. Albans, Hertfordshire F.A, Sport Relief