Special Educational Needs

Supporting children and adults with disabilities.

For over 20 years we have been delivering football and sport to children, young people and adults with a disabilities with the aim to improve participation, attainment, social skills and people’s attitudes towards all disabilities.

Within the Foundation, we have a team specifically created to work within special needs schools and with organisations working with young people and adults with a wide range of disabilities including Autism, Asperger’s, global learning difficulties, hearing impairments, visual impairments and downs syndrome to name a few.

Our aim is to develop young people and adults not only within sporting activities but also socially, and emotionally.  Our schools delivery sees well planned and structured specialist programmes, which are suited to the needs of each particular school or group being worked with, but more importantly tailored to meet the needs of each and every young person involved.

Our courses include:

  • PE Curriculum: we are able to provide full SEND PE Curriculum support, to plan, deliver and review an interactive, engaging and participant specific curriculum which meets the needs and abilities of the children and young people being worked with.  These activities can be tailored to specific sports, activities or fundamental movements which will support pupils' development and progression.
  • Early Moves / Basic Moves: aiming to provide coaching sessions to help develop an individual’s gross motor skills, balance, coordination, and technique.
  • Sign Language Programme: this accredited course introduces pupils to basic sign language through a mix of classroom and activity-based sessions.
  • Saturday Football Club: regular football sessions aimed at giving those with disabilities (and their siblings) an opportunity to develop and participate in sport in a safe and positive environment.
  • Disability Awareness Programme: delivered to either non-disabled participants or young people with a range of abilities and needs to create awareness of how to coach sports for those with a range of disabilities
  • Mental Health Awareness Programme: the programme aims to introduce primary and secondary school children to the concept of mental health and increase their understanding of mental health issues.
  • Multi Sports Sessions: the aim of these sessions is to provide young people with a range of disabilities the opportunity to try out and take part in a range of sporting activities such as Football, Tag Rugby, Boccia, Polybat, Table Cricket, Volleyball, Judo, Netball, Table Tennis, Athletics and more.
  • Every Player Counts Sessions: in partnership with EFL Trust these sessions are delivered weekly for young people and adults from 16 years upwards.
  • Holiday Clubs: The sessions can be either football specific or multi sports and are open to PAN Disability groups between the age of 5 and 25 years old and can be based either within the Beacon of Light or externally at Schools and Community Centres.
  • Sensory Play: Provides children and young people from 5 - 25 years old with the opportunity to come along, explore and play with a range of activities to stimulate their senses whilst developing wider relationships with their peers. 

All sessions can be delivered with Assessment for Learning incorporated into teaching plans, to demonstrate progressions for all young people involved.


Taking part in the activities has changed Daniel's life. He's made new friends, changed physically and developed mentally. That's down to Foundation staff and I can't thank them enough for the impact they have made. The coaching staff really understand his particular needs and that has been a Godsend."
Tony McGill
Parent, Sunderland

To find out more about how we can support your school, contact our Disability Coordinator by filling out the contact form below or call us on 0191 563 4777