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Football Development Officer
T: 0191 3872928 (Option 4 then Option 7)
Durham County FA Community & Inclusion League
The DFCA Community & Inclusion League is for open to Pan Disability teams This is a 7-a-side league with the aim to provide inclusive, competitive games for all in the league.
The league is played once a month on a Tuesday at Ford Quarry Hub and is open to college teams, university teams and club teams, day service providers. If you wish to take part or would like to know more about the league, please get in touch
Durham FA Junior Ability Counts League – New 23/24 season
DCFA will be hosting a new Junior Ability Counts League in the 2023/24 season with monthly fixtures. The league is for Pan Disability junior teams who are affiliated to their County FA, we would welcome teams from under 8’s,12’s and 16’s age groups, disability football has a 4-year age banding. We will also be offering a transition league for under 18 teams who are not ready for the adult league.
North East Ability Counts League – Adult League - Open Age
The NEACL is a Pan Disability League providing competitive playing opportunities across the north and the South of the County. The fixtures take place each month during September and May, with the teams from around the North East. Teams must be affiliated to their County FA and players must be 16 years or above.
Affiliation – Mandatory requirements
Coaches and Volunteers must have a Valid and in date FA DBS check for all teams with under 18 players.
Affiliation, Personal Accident & Public Liability Insurance
A Named Adult Welfare Officer Disability Teams & they must complete the Adult Safeguarding Course (free) -
adult safeguarding course
Volunteers would be most welcome! Clubs and Leagues rely on people to support them at training sessions and match days.
There are a variety of ways you can get involved. There are many other roles that are not mentioned but are just as important that will make a difference.
Dispensation & Wearing a Prosthetic
Player Dispensation enables children with a disability, Significant Physical Development Delay (SPDD), or who are schooled no more than one year behind the age group prescribed by their date of birth (their “prescribed age group”) to play football outside of their prescribed age group.
In the past all applications have been made manually through downloading a form and submitting this alongside evidence to the equality mailbox. The key change to the 2023/2024 season is that all applications will now be made through our online portal
Player dispensation application guidance
A player can apply for this dispensation by completing The FA Dispensation Policy Application Pack
THE Fa dispensation policy application pack
There is a risk assessment process that must be followed for dispensation to be granted for a player to play, to ensure the safety of everyone.
More information on this policy can be found here:
The FA PLaying football with a prosthesis policy
A player can apply for this dispensation by completing The FA Playing Football with a Prosthesis Application Form THE FA PLAYING FOOTBALL WITH A PROsTHESIS APPLICATION FORM