Within our disability section of Sporting Club Albion, we host a range of teams that compete both regionally and nationally and represent West Bromwich Albion within elite disability sport.
All of our teams experience quality coaching on a weekly basis as well as gaining extra support from our performance analysts and sport science teams. The club is focused on developing and sustaining players of all ages within disability football. Following on from their recent success last season SCA have now been awarded another license to host the B1 Blind Football West Midlands Centre of Excellence, the aim of this centre is to develop players of all ages and be a part of the FA’s national disability football pathway by providing high class coaching with large extended contact time.
PAN Disability Football
By far our biggest section of the Sporting Club Albion Disability teams, our PAN disability football teams incorporate a wide age range of players from 8/9 all the way to 79! We have had great success with our teams over the past couple of seasons including winning the league on several occasions along with Cup wins and runner up spots along the way. Whether you are looking to get involved in recreational playing or looking to join a team, we hold numerous sessions throughout the week. For more information about our PAN Disability football teams, please contact email@example.com
B1 Blind Football
Last season saw the club have it’s most successful season with the B1 Blind team collecting both the league and cup double, as well as obtaining the fair play award and one of it’s players Darren Harris picking up the Golden Boot award. The powerchair A team finished 2nd in the National League and also came runners up in the National WFA Cup, alongside winning the Regional Birmingham Ability Counts League. Further to this our Visually Impaired team saw themselves promoted back to the National Premiership having won their respective league.
Not only has the past season seen SCA bring home plenty of Silverware but four of our players have gained international recognition, with one of our blind players representing GB at London 2012.
“Our aim here at SCA is to carry on our hard work and develop as many players as possible and help them along the national disability football pathway as well as making our club a national force. SCA for all our players is a major part of their lives and having the chance to play competitive sport regardless of their impairment and representing WBA is a great achievement for them and something as a club we want to facilitate more. The club currently has a great bunch of coaches and volunteers that help the players’ progress and without them our achievements wouldn’t have been reached.” Adam Crowle, SCA Disability Sports Co-ordinator
Powerchair (PWCH) Football
Powerchair Football, also known as Power Soccer is a competitive team sport for people with disabilities who use power wheelchairs. The game is played in a gymnasium on a regulation basketball court. Two teams of four players use powerchairs equipped with footguards to attack, defend, and spin-kick a 13-inch (330 mm) football in an attempt to score goals. We currently run two powerchair teams: Sporting Club Albion and Sporting Club Albion Throstles. They both currently play in the WFA National Premier Division.
A number of SCA players have impressed England selectors and we were heavily represented in recent England call ups with Club Captain Chris Gordon, Marcus Harrison and longest serving player Daniel Kay all receiving call ups. It was not just the SCA players that were recognised however as Colin Gordon (SCA Head Coach) was appointed England Head Coach as well as SCA Disability Development Officer Adam Crowle being appointed as Team Logistics Manager.