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Project information

Five -a-side football for disabled people

To engage disadvantaged, excluded, marginalised and vulnerable people with learning disabilities in physical activity by the means of five –a-side football

January 2014 - December 2014

Charity information: Able Foundation

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  • Need


    • Limited opportunities to engage in physical activity for people with learning disabilities and other disabled people
    • Physical activity is often a missing component in the lives of most people with learning disability and multiple disabilities.
    • One in five (20%) of adults with learning disabilities exercise three or more times a week.
    • Physical inactivity is a major contributing factor in the deteriorating physical health of people with learning disabilities and other disabilities.


    Development of five-a-side football as a means of physical activity to bring about significant health benefits, and improve quality of life

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Improve the quality of life and participation; engaging vulnerable adults in football


    » • Run regular training session (Fitness and skills based drills) • Run a taster sessions • Football matches and tournaments
    » • Engage with local service provider to promote the opportunities • Use accessible venues • Provide easy to read and understand information
    » • Family carers forum / workshop to Promote the benefits of physical activity and address misconception • Free session
    » • Outreach for hard to reach community • sensitive to diverse culture needs • Networking through various platforms

    What success will look like

    Support over 20 service users per week during the course of the project.

  • Impact


    • Significant improvement to participant long term health and well-being ( Less Obese, improve cardio-respiratory fitness, improve Muscular strength, improve co-ordination, improve balance and flexibility)
    • Improvement to participants’ confidence and self-esteem.
    • Participant will be given the opportunities to become mentors to future players
    • Vital sporting, physical activity and social interaction opportunities.
    • Accessible to quality five a side football with emphasis on exercises


    New charitable organisation – funders / donors could be cautious. However; our excellent governance, our clear charitable direction, the passion of our trustees and workforce would mitigate donors’ cautiousness.

    Due limited provision of this type of project, and what would be excellent networking and advertisement of the project on our part, the project could be oversubscribed to.

    We would work within the resources to provide the best service provision.


    Reports will be made available to donors as required by email or post. Mandatory participation reports will be sent to donors at the end of each year of the project. The reports will be accompanied by pictures, links to any video / visual updates.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £35,932

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      Amount Heading Description
      £8,580 Staff & Volunteer costs Salary
      £27,352 Running costs Admin,transport,venue rate,insurance,equipment,advertisement
  • Background


    The project is based in Bexley borough but outreaching to Bromley Greenwich, Lambeth, Lewisham, Southwark, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest. These boroughs are among the nineteen London boroughs rank the fifty most deprived out 326 local authorities in England.


    Disadvantaged, excluded, marginalised and vulnerable people with learning disabilities and other disabilities, who often for socio-economic, environmental and other factors; are excluded from participating in physical activity. In the most deprived London boroughs.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Excellent understanding and engaging of people with learning disabilities and other groups of disabled people. Qualified staff working in partnership with: clients, family, carers, commissioners, Health and Wellbeing, Partnership Boards, Health Watch and Links across our boroughs of operation to bring about desired outcomes.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Charles Olatunde (Project Co-Ordinator)

    With over 10 years of work experience with diverse groups of vulnerable people in: health and social care, and housing

    Emmanuel Smith (Assistant Project Co-Ordinator)

    With several years of working experience in health and social care.