A group of young disability league footballers

Where To Play

Find your nearest PAN Ability club or league

There are a variety of ways that someone with a disability or an impairment can get involved in football in Lancashire. 

All of our provision comes under the PAN Disability approach, though we do also have impairment specific teams.

PAN Disability football is inclusive of a wide range of disabilities, and players with different impairments often come together to play in the same team.

The Frenkel Topping Ability Counts League aims to provide regular football opportunities for people with disabilities/impairments and provide a clear pathway from grassroots disability football to elite disability football programmes.

The Community Inclusion Mental Wellbeing League is for individuals using football as a recovery tool. It is played within community settings and its main focus is on social integration and interaction with individuals football. The element of physical activity as part of football therapy helps promote physical and mental well-being 

The Special Schools PAN Ability League aims to encourage young people with a disability/impairment, who may not ordinarily be able to access a mainstream football environment. Using support networks within schools, we enable these young people to access a structured footballing opportunity which is right for them.

The Enrichment League is similar to the Special Schools PAN Ability League, but focused on individuals aged 16 and over. It provides adult social care in education settings for people who may not ordinarily be able to access these opportunities in football.

Get In Touch

Andrew Whitaker

Football Development Officer (Disability & Inclusion)

Area contact for: Ribble Valley, Hyndburn, Burnley, Pendle

01772 644263

andrew.whitaker@lancashirefa.com

Leigh Jeffrey

Football Development Apprentice (Disability & Inclusion)

01772 644276

leigh.jeffrey@lancashirefa.com

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More information on each league here:
Fixtures, results and league table

“The Ability Counts League allows a wide range of people to come together and play football, something which they might not otherwise get to do.

“Clubs are continuing to grow, while communities who may traditionally be harder to engage with are able to get involved too.

“Frenkel Topping sponsor the league to help make it more accessible financially for people with disabilities, removing that particular barrier by paying for referees, facilities and equipment, which we are extremely thankful for.

“We ensure that the facilities are as accessible as possible and make it an inviting and welcoming environment for our participants, allowing them to relax and focus on playing football and competing against each other.

“It’s a brilliant way for people to make friends and maintain social relationships. They are all passionate about football and everyone has fun and enjoys themselves, which is great to be part of.”

Andrew Whitaker, Football Development Officer (Disability & Inclusion)

The Frenkel Topping Ability Counts League is run as two mini leagues, split into Part 1 and Part 2, with a cup competition at the end of all fixture dates.

Divisions

  • Premiership
  • Championship
  • Division 1
  • Division 2
  • Under 16s

Venue

Playfootball Preston, Tulketh Community Sports College, Tag Lane, Preston PR2 3TX

2017/18 Fixture Dates

Part 1

  • Saturday 21st October
  • Saturday 11th November
  • Saturday 24th February

Part 2

  • Saturday 17th March
  • Saturday 21st April
  • Saturday 19th May

Cup Competition

  • Saturday 16th June
Fixtures, results and league table

Venue

Playfootball Preston, Tulketh Community Sports College, Tag Lane, Preston PR2 3TX

2017/18 Fixture Dates

  • Thursday 28th September
  • Thursday 26th October
  • Thursday 23rd November
  • Thursday 14th December
  • Thursday 25th January
Fixtures, results and league table

Divisions

  • Under 16s Boys
  • Under 16s Girls
  • Under 14s Mixed

Venue

Powerleague Blackburn, Haslingden Road, Blackburn BB1 2EE

2017/18 Fixture Dates

  • Wednesday 11th October
  • Wednesday 29th November
  • Wednesday 28th February
  • Wednesday 11th April
Fixtures, results and league table

Divisions

  • Division 1
  • Division 2

2017/18 Fixture Dates with Venue

  • Wednesday 18th October at the County Ground, Lancashire FA
  • Wednesday 29th November at Powerleague Blackburn
  • Wednesday 28th February at Powerleague Blackburn
  • Wednesday 21st March at Playfootball Preston
  • Wednesday 18th April at Playfootball Preston
  • Wednesday 16th May- Cup Final (venue TBC)

Find your nearest Ability Counts League club here: