The league is an independent pan-disability football league, affiliated to Sheffield and Hallamshire County FA. The league is managed by a committee made up of volunteers dedicated to develop the junior and adult competition.
All our Ability Counts players live with a learning disability and/or a mental health condition such as obsessive compulsive disorder, schizophrenia or bipolar disorder so wouldn’t typically access mainstream football.
One of the main reasons why RUCT do what we do is to eliminate stigma and discrimination surrounding mental health while boosting the wellbeing of participants who access our provision.
A big thanks to Councillor Jenny Andrews and Councillor Jeanette Mallinder, Rotherham Mayor and Mayoress 2019-2022, who without their funding from the Mayor’s charity last season we wouldn’t have been able to provide the team with kit and accessories which has enabled the team to feel the part when training and playing in games.
Colan Leung, Health and Wellbeing Manager, said:
“A huge congratulations to our Ability Counts team for winning the league title! We’re so proud of everyone who has taken part.”
“We all know that playing football and being a part of a team has both psychological and physical benefits. This is an ideal opportunity to raise awareness of mental health issues, reduce stigma and promote wellbeing through exercise.”
“We know that physical activity and social inclusion all make a big difference to wellbeing so this opportunity is great at supporting these areas.”
“Over the course of the season, we have had 20 players represent RUCT in the South Yorkshire Ability Counts League, an opportunity that they probably wouldn’t have had if it wasn’t for us.”
All fixtures took place at Concord Sports Centre in Sheffield. The season ended on a dramatic clash with RUCT needing to win one of the two games to clinch the league title. The team managed to beat Wheatley Wanderers 3-1 and win against Brunsmeer Awareness 2-1 – a fantastic achievement!
Congratulations to every single Ability Counts player – we’re so proud of you!