Surrey FA is pleased to announce the launch of #WeAreUnmasked - a campaign on a mission to unmask Surrey’s most talented football players with aspirations to enter the England para football talent pathways.
Statistically, 68% of players with an impairment choose to play within mainstream football performing to an elite level, meaning that there are many talented athletes still yet to be discovered for this pathway and the opportunities available.
Surrey FA is acting by encouraging those within the county, including players, leagues, coaches and officials, to tap into their networks to identify athletes who have the potential, meet the requirements, and classification eligibility criteria to enter the England talent pathways.
Commenting on the launch, Surrey FA Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Eve Roberts says:
"#WeAreUnmasked looks to give athletes playing with an impairment the platform to explore the crucial next steps in their career, whilst providing Surrey FA with the means to locate hidden talent across the county. It is our goal to remove potential barriers and ensure that these athletes are supported and given access to pathway opportunities they may not be aware of currently."
This opportunity is open to both male and female players at any stage in their playing journey. For players to be deemed eligible for referral they must be aged between 7 - 16 years old and have either of the following impairments: Hearing impaired, Cerebral Palsy, Partially Sighted & Blind.
Players that express an interest or have been referred will be invited to attend a para-talent workshop, accompanied by a Q&A session with a national para-athlete, and a classification workshop. Those successfully selected will be referred by Surrey FA onto the next stages of the talent pathway.
Following the launch, Surrey FA welcome all informal enquiries with regards to the campaign and can provide further information on the talent pathways for those who express an interest.
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