To mark EFL Day of Disabilities and the relaunch of Every Player Counts, participant Rachael has explained how the programme has benefitted her personal development.
Every Player Counts supports the EFL Trust’s aim of increasing sports participation for all and has significantly changed the lives of people by providing those with a disability a pathway into sport.
A further £0.5m donation from Wembley National Stadium Trust will create new opportunities as the disability football programme moves into its fourth successive year.
Twenty five Club Community Organisations (CCOs) from the EFL Trust run the Every Player Counts programme and Southend United Community & Educational Trust (CET) is one of those clubs that tailors the programme to the specific needs of its local community.
Sessions take place weekly at Papworth Trust’s Basildon Centre, which provides person-centred support for adults who live with physical and/or learning disabilities.
Rachael, who is from Basildon, has been developing her confidence and fitness through the sessions put on by Southend United CET coaches.
“The main skills I’ve developed are teamwork, confidence, coordination and focus.
“The sessions make me happy and I enjoy all the activities that we do, such as throwing, catching and moving.
“I feel as if I’ve improved my wellbeing and generally as an individual.”
For more information about the Every Player Counts programme, please visit this page.