Players - Disability


From grassroots to the elite game, whether you're a coach or a player,  here is how you can take part in disability football

There has never been a better time to get involved and play football, whatever your ability level. There are now more opportunities than ever to play football if you have a disability.

Suffolk FA believe in flexible, inclusive and accessible playing opportunities for everyone, and are committed to delivering a range of opportunities for players with a disability to access football at various levels across the county.

For more information about PAN Disability football, please click here

For more information on activities / sports for blind and partially sighted people, please click here


Get In Touch

Kirsty Smith - Football Development Officer (Growth)

01449 616606 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm) / 07432 735985

 iCAN Football programme

The Suffolk FA iCAN Football programme is an inclusive programme which strives to provide footballing opportunities for people in Suffolk of all abilities, especially targeted to those with physical, mental or learning impairments and long-term health conditions.

The iCAN Football Project hopes to give more disabled people the confidence to enjoy football in a safe environment which promotes fun and inclusively for all people regardless of experience and ability. You don’t need to have played football before to get involved!

This programme is also designed to help educate and upskill coaches, players and volunteers about the different challenges and barriers people with a disability may face within the grassroots game. This can be by helping to find simple solutions which can have a positive impact on those players and how to help clubs / teams become fully inclusive.

This could be something as simple as using bigger cones or a different coloured football. Another example could be if a player or parent wants to know more about the disability or impairment specific opportunities within Suffolk or the England Disability Talent Pathway (Para Football), where players have a multi-pathway opportunity to go on and represent their country at the elite level.

Many players with a disability or an impairment will currently be playing at mainstream grassroots football teams – some may be known to the coaches; however, some might not be. Therefore, Suffolk FA wants to help raise awareness of disability football within the county so that we can help upskill / educate coaches, volunteers and clubs so they can provide a fully inclusive and supportive network for the players.

If you have any questions on any of this or would like to have more information about some of the educational sessions and qualifications, then please get in touch.

Wot's Up iCAN Football League

Our iCAN Football League involves over 20 teams from Suffolk, Norfolk and Essex. The league has grown massively over the past three years with the standard of football clear for everyone to see. The beauty of the league is that it caters for all abilities and motivation levels.

The league itself is broken down onto divisions – Premiership, Championship, League 1 and League 2. This means we can offer a fully inclusive footballing offer for people who want to play football competitively all the way through to people who want to be involved to spend time with their friends and do some exercise.

We have six central venue league festivals played between October and April, whilst in May we end the season by participating in the Suffolk FA KBB Grassroots festival.

Wot's Up Day Centre have kindly sponsored the league for the last few seasons, enabling us to deliver a high-quality and enjoyable football programme for all involved. The sponsorship has meant we can play at a big open grass central venue, have fully qualified referees at every tournament and help provide bursaries for volunteers / coaches at the clubs to develop and continue on their journey within the game.

We have eight clubs across Suffolk which act as hubs for our iCAN Football programme plus lots of school festivals throughout the year too. These clubs and festivals provide training and match opportunities for players of a wide range of ability and would love new players to join in with them. The information and contact details of our Suffolk clubs is listed below.

where are the ican football sessions in suffolk?

Venue: Beccles Town FC, The Nest, Hutchinson Way, off Common Lane South, Beccles NR34 9RH

Day: Saturday

Timings: 9am-10am

Cost: £3

Age Groups: 12-16 and 16+

Accessibility: 3G pitch

Contact Name: Bernice De'Ath

Contact Number: 07785 917679

Venue: Bury Rugby Club, Southgate Green, Bury Saint Edmunds IP33 2BL

Day: Saturday

Timings: 10am to 11am

Cost: £45 per year

Age Groups: 14+

Accessibility: No wheelchair accessibility    

Contact Name: Robert Gannaway

Contact Number: 07955 293688

Venue: Claydon FC, Blue Barn Lane, Great Blakenham, Ipswich, IP6 0JX

Day: Thursday

Timings: 5pm – 5:30pm

Cost: Free

Age Groups: 6 – 16

Contact Name: Ed Miller

Contact Number:  07845158304


A new way to play the beautiful game! No restriction on frame type. Learn new skills, make new friends & have fun!

Day: Every second Sunday

Venue: Copleston High School, Ipswich, IP3 8LR

Timings: 11am – 12pm

Contact email:

Mobile: 07481 115670

Venue: Copleston High School, Ipswich, IP3 8LR

Day: Sundays

Timings: 1pm – 2pm

Contact email:

Mobile: 07770 874563

Venue: The New Croft, Haverhill CB9 0BW

Day: Friday

Timings: 7-8pm

Cost: TBC

Age Groups: 16+

Accessibility (wheelchair access): Yes

Contact Name: Lois Balfour

Contact Number: 01440 702137 (office), 07496 367175 (mobile), email 

Venue: Portman Road (Astroturf), Ipswich, IP1 2DA

Day: Monday

Timings: 5pm – 6pm

Cost: 12 weeks - £42

Contact email:


Venue: Portman Road (Astroturf), Ipswich, IP1 2DA

Day: Thursday

Timings: 5pm – 6pm

Cost: 12 weeks - £42

Contact email:

Venue: Portman Road (Astroturf), Ipswich, IP1 2DA

Day: Saturday

Timings: 10am – 11am

Cost: 12 weeks – £42

Contact email:

Venue: Stevenson Centre Field, Cornard, Stevenson Approach, Great Cornard, Sudbury CO10 0WD

Venue (Bad Weather): Cornard Sports Centre, Head Lane, Great Cornard, Sudbury Suffolk, CO10 0JU

Day: Saturday

Time: 12:30pm – 2pm

Cost: £50 per year

Contact: Keiran Hall


 Venue: Lavenham Playing Fields, Bridge Street Road, Lavenham, Suffolk, CO10 9SH

 Day: Saturday

Timings: 9am-10:30am

Ages: Two age bands - 8-11 years old and 12-16 years old

Cost: First two sessions are FREE - £70 cost for the year, which runs from September-June

Contact Name: Sharon Wilson

Contact email address: or

Contact Number: 07599 234784

Facebook: Lavenham Youth Football Club

 Venue: Sports Hall, Victory Sports Ground, Bury St Edmunds (IP33 3BT)

Day: Wednesday

Timings: 5.30pm-6.30pm

Cost: £21 per month and a £30 sign-up fee ('free' shirt at sign up)

Age: 18+, mixed male and female

Accessibility: Disabled parking and changing facilities

Contact details: 07772 781404 or email or visit the 'Community Football' page on the website







Venue: Mid Suffolk Leisure Centre, Stowmarket

Day: Friday

Timings: 6pm-7pm

Cost: £3 per session

Age: 16+

Accessibility: Good

Contact: Laura Worsley

Contact Number: 07801 532059

Club: Waveney Disability Football Club

Venue: Ormiston Denes High School, Yarmouth Road, Lowestoft, NR32 4AH

Day: Saturday

Timings: 9.30am to 10.30am

Cost: £1

Age Groups: 16 - 30

Accessibility:  Outside astro pitch

Contact Name: Bob McCartney

Contact Number: 07583 712315


Club: Monday Night Disability Football Fun & Fitness

Venue: Ormiston Denes High School, Yarmouth Road, Lowestoft, NR32 4AH

Day: Monday

Timings: 5.30pm to 6.30pm

Cost: £1.50

Age Groups: 11+

Accessibility:  Sports Hall – good access for wheelchair users

Contact Name: Bob McCartney

Contact Number: 07583 712315

Venue: Goals Ipswich, Suffolk New College Sports Centre, College Drive off Grimwade Street, Ipswich IP4 1LT

Day: Wednesday

Timings: 6pm to 7pm

Cost: £3

Age Groups: 16+

Accessibility: No wheelchair accessibility    

Contact Name: Lee Smith

Contact Number: 07432 406422

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