On Saturday 18th May we hosted an FA England Talent Day for deaf, partially sighted, cerebral palsy and amputee footballers to start their journey towards pulling on an England shirt and representing their Country.
Players and parents received a presentation from FA Talent Scout Jas Batt about the England Talent Pathway and then the players participated in a practical skills session delivered by Cheshire FA coaches.
During the break they were then introduced to FA Role Model George Ferguson, who presented his career pathway in football and inspirational football journey.
George is visually impaired and a former GB and England Player and it was a great insight for the players, who were shown Georges caps, shirts and trophy acknowledging his induction in to the hall of fame.
Players then returned to the pitch taking part in some small sided games where George offered support and encouragement to the players.
Daniel Landstrom, Cheshire FA’s Disability Football Development Officer said "The FA England Talent Day is a great opportunity for disabled footballers to start their football journey.
"The players worked hard during the session to show their skills and took inspiration from George’s presentation.
"It was great to see both male and female players accessing the event and hopefully some will progress through the talent pathway or be signposted to other opportunities within Cheshire".
If you would like more information about the FA Disability Player Talent Pathway or Disability Football in Cheshire please contact DisabilityFootball@CheshireFA.com