At The Spartans Community Football Academy we have a thriving youth and adult disability section that welcomes players who have a wide range of disabilities including physical and learning disabilities and mental health challenges. We focus on skill and fitness-focused football training sessions in a fun, social atmosphere.
I am the player-manager of one of the Spartans Connections teams. Last year we won our league and we were promoted into League One, Division One. I’ve been with the Connections from day one, when we only had six players. It was a struggle when we started but we kept going and word got round and more and more folk started coming along. Last year we were able to enter three teams into the leagues. When we won the league and I was captain it was one of the best honours that I have ever had.
Connections has always been about supporting each other. We try to develop our players into coaches, managers and ambassadors. Before I joined Connections I had a problem with the drink but since I started I have not touched a drop. I can honestly say that Connections has saved me from the ruin of alcohol. I also take great pride in being part of The Academy. This year I’ve been helping build the community garden and I will be keeping my eye on it over the coming seasons watching it grow. I want to stay at Connections long past my playing days, I want to continue to grow as a manager and to help develop the younger coaches coming through. I want to make Spartans Connections known all around the World!
"Spartans Connections has gone from strength to strength. In just 3 years we've gone from barely managing to have one team to having three teams represented in the Scottish Football Association Pan-Disability league. Our players are growing in skills and confidence and they are like a big family always looking out for each other."