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, 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 and 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 that football can bring people together, create a support network and help them adjust and cope more effectively, meeting the challenges life throws at them.
The team compete in the Pab Disability League set up originally 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.
Games are played once each month and formed of 3 games on each match day, which means 18 competitive games during the 6 month long season. AFC Totton's Pan Disability Team trains at the Snow Stadium on the MUGA facility every Wednesday at 10 am. The team is run by Ian Knight and Gillian Cousins from Dimensions with the assistance of AFC Totton Voce Chairman and Community Manager, Dave Penny.