Autistic footballers wanted for new disability team

A fledgling football team is looking for adult players in Shropshire with autism or Asperger syndrome.

The Autonomy football project, which has been awarded Sportivate funding, offers the chance for autistic adults to play team sport in a safe and friendly environment. Players are able to make new friends, develop social skills and improve their confidence.

Monthly 'kickabout' training sessions take place in Shrewsbury, and are open to men and women of all abilities. Participants just need to be aged 18 or above and on the autistic spectrum (diagnosed or undiagnosed).

Sara Heath, Autonomy founder and facilitator, is delighted to have added another activity to the group's popular social events in Telford and Shrewsbury.

"The team has had some kickabout sessions in the park near Upton Lane, but thanks to Sportivate funding the next session will be on a pitch at Wilfred Owen School on Saturday 26th November. The sessions should be monthly, and we also hope that some of our members will play friendly matches with other teams.

"We have a small group of players, but we need more people - men and women, especially those from 18- 25 years old."

For more information about the Autonomy football team, please email [email protected].

Autonomy is an independent Shropshire and Telford based self-help and social group for young people and adults who have Asperger syndrome or high ability autism. For more information about Autonomy, please visit