In May 2021, Southwark Stars, formed a new team for women aged 18 and older with a learning disability in Southwark.
Southwark Stars Disability Football Club are an FA Charter Standard football club formed in 2017 and provide regular opportunities for disabled Londoners. They currently provide weekly training sessions and competitive matches for 60 men and women, across two men’s team and one women’s.
The women’s team was formed to provide a fun and safe environment for women with a learning disability to enjoy the game, after identifying a lack of opportunities available in London.
To celebrate the team being forming, Chloe Morgan, Crystal Palace FC Goalkeeper, visited their training and delivered a goalkeeping masterclass.
Chloe Morgan, Crystal Palace FC Goalkeeper said: “It was fantastic to meet Southwark Stars women’s team and get involved at their first session. I was invited to inspire the players but in turn, I think they inspired me! An amazing club with amazing players.”
Louis Wickett-Padgham, Southwark Stars Disability FC Founder and Manager, said: “There are an incredibly limited amount of opportunities for adults with a learning disability to take part in football in London, and next to none for women. We want to ensure women have fun, safe and suitable chances to play the game we all love.”
The team have already established a core group of players who love to make friends, socialise and play football with community and social connection an important part of their ethos.
Having reached the semi-finals of the AFC Wimbledon Inclusive Tournament (against men’s teams) in their first ever competitive matches, there is a real appetite to grow and progress.
To join or for more information, please visit www.southwarkstars.co.uk or email Louis Wickett-Padgham on firstname.lastname@example.org.