Millwall Football Club and its Community Trust (MCT) are proud to once again support Level Playing Field’s ‘Weeks of Action’ to promote access for all.
Year after year and season after season, MCT continues with its aim to help inspire young and older people to achieve their potential and improve their wellbeing; working together to build stronger, safer and more inclusive communities. As part of those efforts, the Trust works in partnership with a wide range of different local and national agencies to help make a positive contribution to society.
The MCT deliver this fantastic disability inclusion work through the following Community Development programmes:
- Premier League Charitable Fund - Premier League Kicks
Premier League Kicks aims to inspire young people from the ages of 8-18 to take part in free weekly football sessions at a variety of different locations and gain coaching and volunteering experience. The programme provides free weekly targeted disability football sessions in the evenings at Millwall’s Lions Centre.
- City Bridge Trust - Inclusive Pride
The objective of Inclusive Pride is to support young people aged 16-25 with a disability towards a position where they feel empowered and able to take control over their decisions, have individual autonomy and ultimately act independently to manage their independence. It includes the delivery of ASDAN Independent Living and Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE) courses per cohort per year, upskilling participants in topics such as Peer Mentoring, Living Independently and Personal Effectiveness.
All participants will gain wider life skills, such as managing money and using public transport, and receive one-to-one mentoring and advice from a relatable role model and peer network that will put them in a better position to act independently. All young people with disabilities will gain increased access to regular inclusive sports sessions which will lead to improvements in physical health, strength, ability, and psychological wellbeing.
- EFL Trust – Every Player Counts
Every Player Counts covers a wide range of disabilities with the simple aim of getting more people involved in sport. MCT provides three weekly football sessions for people with disabilities in the London Boroughs of Lewisham and Southwark. All activities take place during school term time with two weekly session at SEN Schools in these areas. Delivery takes place after school, working closely with Drumbeat School in Lewisham and Highshore School in Southwark, serving boys and girls aged 11-19 who have been diagnosed with the highest level of autistic needs.
A weekly adult PAN disability session at Millwall’s Lions Centre takes place in partnership with Bede House who provide activities, training, volunteering and employment programmes aim to build the skills and confidence of people who have a Learning Disability so that everyone, whatever their level of disability, can play their part in the community.
Millwall’s Disability Ambassador, Jed Wallace, said: “Football is the national sport, enjoyed by so many, and therefore it’s incredibly important that it is accessible to everyone who wishes to be involved. It is an honour to represent Millwall and the Trust who do so much in this area, and I’m pleased we’re once again supporting Level Playing Field’s Weeks of Action which helps to showcase the work done by individuals, clubs and organisations in football. It is truly inspiring.”
For more information about Level Playing Field and this year’s Weeks of Action, please visit levelplayingfield.org.uk, email email@example.com or call 01923 545 370.
For more information about the Millwall Community Trust and the work they do for Disabled supporters please contact Richard White - firstname.lastname@example.org.