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Today we are going to take a close look at our award winning disability programmes.

- Adults with learning disabilities and difficulties in north London can train and play football through STEP Football. STEP run twice weekly training sessions as well as a six-a-side league for 23 teams, including Arsenal Barnet. Matches are played in a fun, safe and competitive environment. The three divisions in the STEP League cater for players, both male and female, with a wide range of abilities; from those who are just starting, to players who play twice a week. STEP is always looking to welcome new volunteers, players or league teams. To find out more visit, email: or call 07930 127 194.

- Welcome! We would like to welcome our visually impaired team who prior to kick-off today will be presented with their London Sports Forum VI League Medals. The players have all represented Arsenal in the league against Tottenham and Charlton and will be presented with their medals by the London Disability Football Development Officer, Steve Bartlett. The Arsenal VI squad consists of: Matthew Archer, Jonathan Archer, Thomas Curtis, Jade Denholm and Damon Hudson.

- Congratulations to the following Arsenal St Johns’ Deaf players who will be representing their countries between June 10 and 23, 2007 in the European Deaf Championship, Lisbon, Portugal

Paul Christou — Cyprus
Marios Costi — Cyprus
Daniel Ailey — GB
Nick Gregory — GB
Memnos Costi — Cyprus
Darren Dunne — Ireland
Jonathan Evans — GB
Matthew Powe - GB


St Johns Arsenal beat Doncaster College 4-2 for the Deaf BDSC cup after extra time. A great result considering Doncaster boast seven Deaflympics gold medallists in their first team! St Johns’ Arsenal are now in the final of the British Deaf Cup on May 5 in Wolverhampton where they will play Glasgow Athletic DFC (the oldest deaf club in the world) and the final of the English Deaf Cup against Doncaster (again) on May 27 at the National Hockey Stadium (Milton Keynes Dons stadium).


The NDCS Deaf Friendly Football Project will enable every deaf child in England access to the nation’s great game over the course of the next three years. It is being funded with the help of a £211,608 grant from the UK’s largest sports charity, the Football Foundation, and with additional funding from Phonak UK and Sportsmatch.

The three year NDCS Deaf Friendly Football project will award clubs who meet the needs of deaf children with ‘Deaf Friendly Accreditation’. Through the accreditation scheme clubs will be able to access deaf awareness training, information, resources, equipment and support. Arsenal in the Community, along with nearby St. John's Deaf FC, are among the first clubs in the country to sign up to this scheme. The project will also actively recruit and train deaf adults to become qualified football coaches. This work will be combined with a programme of Deaf Friendly Football Festivals, the establishment of regular football opportunities, a national database of Deaf Friendly Football Clubs, tournaments and conferences to provide opportunities for deaf children and young people to participate in football at all levels.

The first London based festival will take place at Hale End Sports Ground, Walthamstow from 9.30am-1pm on the Spring Bank Holiday, Monday, May 28. Children aged 6-16 will be able to take part and places must be booked up in advance.

Coaching will be provided by Arsenal in the Community coaches with full communication support provided by NDCS volunteers. After the festival, regular weekly coaching sessions will be taking place with the ultimate aim of establishing an exciting new deaf youth football club!

For more information and to book your child's place for the festival, please contact Rob Danson, NDCS Football Development Officer on or phone 0121 234 9820.


May 4/5 at Regents Park, London NW1

Last year, the second London Ability Counts Football Festival for disabled people helped identify the level of talented disabled players that exist across London and the Southeast. The 2006 London A/C Festival notched a record of over 500 disabled participants from across London. The Festival achieved its primary objective to open up participation in competitive football to as many disabled teams as possible.

"The Ability Counts Football Festival is all about providing competitive opportunities in football to as many disabled teams as possible," said Stewart Lucas, LSF Chief Executive. Although there are similar competitions for non-disabled players on a regular basis, this festival brings together many disabled teams who had never had the opportunity to play competitively before.

This year Arsenal will be entering two teams in the festival. We will have two teams playing under the Arsenal name. Samuel Rhodes Special School in Islington have been receiving coaching from Community coaches on a weekly basis. Dave Reid, the schools PE Coordinator, said his Primary students have responded very well to the coaching sessions. "Bill Williams has done a fantastic job coaching our students’ football. They have been learning and practicing basic football skills in an active, fun and stimulating environment. All of the participants have been actively engaged in every session which can be a difficult task." The students involved have limited football experience, are aged between 9 and 11 years of age and all have moderate learning difficulties. We wish them the best of luck for the upcoming Festival. Arsenal Barnet Mencap will be entering a team for the second year and are looking to improve on last year’s performance after a successful year of training.

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Double Club’s ever expanding education programme has recently added a new subject to its curriculum.

12 pupils from Rotherfield Primary School off Essex Road in Islington have been working through a resource pack that ties in with the National Curriculum’s schemes of work for History. The education resource takes a “then and now approach” and the children covered many topics including life at the Woolwich Artillery, the early days of the Club, Islington local history through map work, the differences and similarities between Highbury and Emirates Stadium, WW2 and its effect on Arsenal and Britain as a whole and the game of football from 1886 to the present day. Halfway through the programme the children visited Emirates Stadium for a tour and also spent time in the museum where they took part in a quiz and got to handle some of the museum artefacts. We are currently developing history resources for Secondary Schools. If you are a teacher or know a history teacher that might wish to use these resources please contact or call 020 7704 4158.

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