Providing football opportunities for all

An INSPIRATIONAL football team for people with learning difficulties travelled to Derby recently to compete in the Derbyshire Inclusive Football League (DIFL) held at the Steve Bloomer pitch.

The event, organised by Disability Football Development Officer, Sam Turner, is supported by Buxton College and Buxton Juniors FC senior coach, Jan Melland.

The tournament provides inclusive opportunities for people with disabilities and other additional needs to take part in football activities and competitive games.

Sam said: “The Derbyshire Inclusive Football League provides competitive football opportunities for all ages, abilities and disabilities.

“The success of the league builds upon the partnership between Derby County In The Community and Derbyshire FA.”

The LD football team, made up of nine male and one female players, study as part of the Learning for Living and Work (L4LW) programme provided by Buxton College, which is part of the University of Derby.

The L4LW programme run by the college is dedicated to providing students aged 16 or older who have learning difficulties with the necessary skills to find employment, training opportunities, and to give young learners the chance to gain greater independence.

Alice Wright, tutor and disability sport specialist at Buxton College, added: “Participation enables our LD students to further their knowledge of people and places, to participate in a meaningful project, and to enhance the social, vocational and life skills that enable them to live more independently and be included in their communities.”

The DIFL event was a fantastic opportunity for the LD team to prepare for the start of the Stockport County ‘I Count’ League which began on October 23, which gives 100 disabled adults the chance to compete in monthly football events.

For more information about the L4LW programmes offered by Buxton College, visit or for more information about the DIFL, visit