About us

The Kent Disability Football League, or KDFL for short, goes all the way back to 2005. The idea was to provide regular competitive playing opportunities for young players with a disability. Now we are an award winning league providing a safe and positive environment for children, teenagers and adults to play football.

Our history

Learn about how history and the key people and teams involved.

Our committee

We are run by a small group of people. See how to contact them.

Our ambassadors

We are lucky to be supported by seven professional ambassadors.

Our partner leagues

We are fortunate to be partnered with a number of fellow Leagues.

Our history

Before
2005

Informal friendlies

A handful of teams play friendly games. This is often in one-off regional competitions across Kent.

2005

Discussions start - planning underway

Founder members of the league meet with the Kent FA, Kent County Council and the Parents Consortium.

The aim of the discussions was to create a new system of regular competitive playing opportunities for young players who have a disability.

The teams and individuals involved included:

  • Charlton Athletic Ability Counts FC
  • Invicta Valiants
  • Larkfield
  • Valance School
  • Alan Milner, Parents Consortium
  • Mike Bishop, Disability Officer, Kent County Council
  • Paul Dolan, Disability Development Officer, Kent FA

After a while they were joined by John Harvey representing Bower Grove School.

2006

Approval from the FA

Kent FA sought agreement from the FA for the league due to the proposed 4 year age banding.

The FA approved the league as a pilot model.

2006

The first junior league season

Including the following teams:
  • 1066
  • Charlton Athletic Ability Counts FC
  • Gillingham
  • Invicta Valiants
  • Larkfield Youth
  • South Park
  • St Margaret’s All Stars
  • Swanscombe Tigers
Bower Grove School later joined up with Maidstone United, and Larkfield Youth left as a lot of their players joined Maidstone United.

2009

A pilot for adults

A new section for adults is established following a successful pilot.

The players are ability banded. This means that players of all abilities can play at an appropriate level based on their skill level and impairment.

2013

Our league committee runs the league

The league was originally run and administered by the Kent FA.

A new league committee was established to oversee all operations.

The committee included representatives from various clubs within the league with a close working relationship kept with the Kent FA.

2013

Mixed teams for the juniors

Teams of mixed gender, up to and including the Under 16’s, was implemented.

2014

Mixed teams for adults​

Teams of mixed gender was trialled for all ages.

On Sunday 14 September 2014, 5 ladies took part in the first round of the adult season at The Abbey School Faversham.

2015

Award winning

The league were voted as:

  • Charter Standard League of the year
  • South East Region Charter Standard League of the year

2015

Partnership development

Developed partnerships with:

  • Kent County Football League
  • Kent Girls and Ladies Football League
  • East Kent Football League

2019

Award winning​

The league was voted grassroots league of the year in the Kent workforce awards.

2020

Registered charity status

The league was awarded charity status by the Charity Commission (registered charity number 1189989).

...and much, much more still to come.