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Positives from Disability Consultation

December 20, 2012

On Tuesday 11 December 2012, a Disability Football Consultation took place at Newton Rigg, Penrith.

The meeting saw numerous attendees from key disability organisations, delivery agents, the County Sport Partnership (Active Cumbria), school teachers, parents and carers.

To kick off the evening, Disability football Development Officer Jess Lawson gave a participation and activity update followed by Cumberland FA Football Development manager, Craig Lewis presenting information on ‘What the Future may Look Like’.

Those who attended had an opportunity to discuss what activity people with disabilities would like, how often and where. Discussions also targeted the potential barriers that are faced when establishing new projects and activity.

The information gathered from the consultation event will now go towards our future development plan to ensure we support the right people in the right environments; whether it is their first steps in football or part of the Ability Counts League.

While the consultation event took place, players involved in the Carlisle United Ability Counts League were competing for the final time before Christmas. The last round of fixtures were well contested with the ladies teams and the men’s teams finishing the evening with plenty of smiles and points on the board.

More information can be found on the CUFC Ability Counts League by clicking HERE.

More consultation events are planned in the near future to keep those involved up to date and allow the programme to develop further. 

If you would like more information regarding Disability Football provision, please contact Disability football Development Officer Jess Lawson on 07807665543 or email

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