Frame Football teaches an adapted version of football to physically disabled children, who use walker or gait training equipment for mobility.
Frame Football caters for boys and girls, aged 3-18, with physical impairments, many of which have Cerebral Palsy – a condition that affects movement and co-ordination.
Qualified disability football coaches teach the children the necessary football skills, techniques and rules, which have been specially adapted for their walker-style frames.
The Rolls-Royce Frame Football team, based in Hucknall, is run by Caroline Scothern whose nine year old son, Logan, plays in the team.
Caroline said: “I helped set up Nottingham’s Frame Football in 2015, because I couldn’t find any disability sport in the East Midlands that catered for children with frames. Logan was often excluded from playing with his able-bodied friends, so it was time to set up a new style of football. It’s been a magical journey so far.”
Video: Caroline Scothern describes the personal impact of Frame Football
The Nottingham-based team trains on an equipment-appropriate pitch, which allows the children to easily move around with their frames and play football.
Sport participation has proved to be an effective method to both strengthen a disabled child’s physical abilities and to expand their sense of self-worth.
Leon Taylor, former Cerebral Palsy Football Paralympian, said: “Participating in sport is vital, cause it brings back positive attitudes that a disability can sometimes take away. It can be very difficult for a disabled child to feel important, so having disability sports like Frame Football is extremely beneficial.”
Video: Leon Taylor outlines the benefits of Frame Football for disabled children and Frame Footballers say why they love the sport
The youngsters not only benefit from being part of a team, but Frame Football provides a forum for parents to share experiences, discuss problems and provide support for one another.
Joanne Cropley, a parent from Frame Football, said: “My daughter, Thea, has Cerebral Palsy and joined Frame Football a year ago. It’s not only helped her, but it’s made me and my partner realise that other people know what we’re going through.”
Video: Joanne and Paul Cropley explain the benefits of Frame Football for parents
The children also have the opportunity to play in numerous national Frame Football tournaments. The largest being at the F.A.’s headquarters, St. Georges Park, where all Frame Football teams meet to compete.
You can read more about the Frame Football tournaments here.
Frame Football started in Coventry and has gone from strength-to-strength across the United Kingdom.
The sport is now attracting international attention, and teams have recently been established in Malta, Brazil and Canada.
The frames are provided by Quest 88, and because each frame costs a minimum of £355, funding and sponsorship is vital.
Frame Football has received a lot of support from School for Parents, a Nottingham run charitable organisation, which supports disabled children and their families in the local community.
You can donate to Frame Football here.
If you wish to contact Hucknall Frame Football please see below or visit the Frame Football website for details on other teams and enquiries.
Hucknall Rolls-Royce Frame Football team:
Training: Sundays (Fortnightly sessions)
Summer venue: Hucknall Rolls Royce Leisure Centre, Watnall Road, Hucknall, NG15 6EU
Winter venue: Kimberley Leisure Centre, Newdigate Street, Kimberley, NG16 2NJ
Time: 12.15pm – 1.30pm
Contact: Caroline Scothern email: firstname.lastname@example.org mob: 07840412553
Gallery: Rolls-Royce Hucknall Frame Football