We are delighted to announce that the Sussex Disability Football League (SDFL) has won the Grassroots League of the Year Award as part of The FA and McDonald’s Grassroots Football Awards.
The awards aim to recognise and reward volunteers, match officials, clubs and leagues across the county who have made a difference to grassroots football in their local community.
Disability Football has faced an even bigger challenge than mainstream football to return following the pandemic, with a lot more caution from players to return to action.
The whole SDFL committee worked hard not only to engage with players during lockdowns through innovative ways such as a league podcast; they also made a seamless return to regular fixtures in the 21/22 season.
We have expanded our committee and volunteer team to better support the needs of players and helped players with disabilities to take on leadership roles on matchdays, which shows that the league is going above and beyond to change the lives of people for the better.
For many players, it’s the highlight of the month when they get to come to the league and the environment that has been created, means the players and their parents/guardians feels safe and confident.
We have supported the Sussex County FA in their Careers in Football Day for young people, have delivered an FA Inclusive Level One course and have achieved our England Football Accreditation this season!
Within this, we have plans to grow even further by partnering with more grassroots clubs to grow the number of youth teams in the league.
We cant wait to keep developing the league, for you, our players!