AFC Totton is working together with Dimensions to create a safe environment, using football as the focus, to support people with learning disabilities, autism and complex needs, while helping them to lead the lives they choose to lead.
Dimensions, a not for profit organisation, helps people with learning disabilities and autism to have a louder voice, choice and more control in their lives. With more than 7000 colleagues delivering ambitious, effective and personalised support, Dimensions help people with learning disabilities and their families to have a great life, with excellent outcomes.
AFC Totton worked closely with Dimensions on other local initiatives at the Snows Stadium - this relationship flourished and the outcome was the development of the Pan Disability team at AFC Totton.
AFC Totton's own commitment to helping and working with the community and its residents fits perfectly with Dimensions' own objectives, and together they are having a very positive impact on the people who form the Pan Disability team at Totton. There are countless success stories already that demonstrate how football can bring people together, create a support network and help them to adjust and cope more effectively, to meet the challenges that life throws at them.
The team compete in the Pan Disability League, which was originally set up by The Saints Foundation and will be run by Eastleigh FC for the coming season. The league is graded based on levels of disability to ensure fairness throughout.
Matchdays occur once a month but each matchday consists of 3 matches for each team, resulting in 18 competitive games during the 6-months long season. AFC Totton's Pan Disability team trains at 10:00am every Wednesday, on the MUGA facility at AFC Totton's Snows Stadium.
The team is run by Ian Knight and Gillian Cousins from Dimensions, with the assistance of Dave Penny, AFC Totton's Vice-Chairman & Community Manager.