Performance Pathways

Performance pathways are a vital component in the performance structure of sport. They create progression for talented athletes in their chosen sport to develop from participation level to elite level. Disability Sport NI works closely with each focus sport to create mass participation, then further the development of talented athletes to create world class performers.


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There are two types of football included in the Paralympic Games. 5-a-Side football is open to athletes with a visual impairment, with the possibility of one sighted player as the goalkeeper while 7-a-side football is designed for athletes with cerebral palsy.

Locally the Irish Football Association provides a range of coaching, competitive and representative opportunities for people with disabilities.

Opportunities are available through:
Learning Disability Football
Cerebral Palsy Football
Visually Impaired Football
Wheelchair Football
Deaf Football
Participation and league opportunities are available through the IFA county clubs which are open to juniors and seniors with learning, physical or sensory disabilities as well as through the Special Schools programme.

For further information on the IFA programmes or clubs in your area contact:
Alan Crooks, IFA Disability Football Development Manager on 028 9066 9559 email 

Deaf football opportunities can also be accessed through Belfast Deaf United who play in the Premier Section of the Down Area Winter League.  
To find out more about the club email Connell McGinley