The pilot league, which will be open to any ages and disabilities, will be gone for St Mary s Stadium on Wednesday 1st June and after that played over the following 3 weekends at a central location in Hampshire.
Saints Foundation will be working with 5 clubs throughout the county Eastleigh, Sholing, Littleton, Fawley Falcons and St Frances to develop their own handicapped teams.
Individuals and teams are being encouraged to sign up to play at St Mary’s on 1st June. Under-12s and under-16s will include from 3pm-6pm, with adults playing from 5.30pm-9pm.
This will permit Saints Foundation to develop a format that is appropriate for all, with the goal to then launch a complete league in September or October this year.
Support this up is the arrival of Sinclair as ambassador for the Foundation’s Saints Ability+ program, which offers regular football advancement sessions for young people and grownups with physical and cognitive impairments.
Sinclair, who is just recently retired from the game, represented Great Britain at the 2012 Paralympics, in London, featuring in the spastic paralysis team.
Speaking about how he felt when he was outlined the new league, Sinclair informed Southampton’s official YouTube channel: “It offered me goosebumps and made my hair stand up on the back of my neck.
It gave me belief that we can inspire the next generation of kids and ideally we can do that with everyone’s assistance coming together.
Sinclair, who lives in Basingstoke and whose more youthful bro, Jake, came through the Saints academy, added: “I’m very delighted [to end up being an ambassador] I’ve just recently retired from worldwide football and hopefully this is a stepping-stone to bringing individuals together and motivating the next generation of kids coming through to Saints Ability+.
” I remained in a wheelchair for three-and-a-half years and in and out of hospital for almost eight years of my life, and football gave me a stepping-stone and the self-confidence and self-belief that I can attain what I want to achieve, and hopefully I can bring that to Saints Foundation and Saints Ability+.
Phil Hastings, Saints Foundation Funded Projects Manager, stated: I am definitely thrilled about the launch of the brand-new pan-disability league and Martin coming on board as a Saints Ability+ ambassador. Both demonstrate our commitment to motivating and encouraging those with impairments through the power of football.
We want to achieve something actually favorable through the league and guarantee it has a positive effect on all those who get included. It is, for that reason, excellent to have the assistance of Martin behind it.”