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There is football for the blind, visually impaired and people with cerebral palsy.

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a problem or are struggling with anything, they will help you."

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He said: "We've been running Derby Shooters for about five years now. Initially we had five to 10 players but now we have 30 to 35.

It is all thanks to Derby County in the Community, which gives people with visual or hearing impairments, or with physical or learning disabilities, the chance to play football.

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"When I joined Derby County I felt really welcome. It was like I had known everyone there for ages.

Scattered across Derbyshire, those with a disability can take part in adjusted versions of badminton, boccia, cricket, fencing, gymnastics, hockey, karate, riding, sailing, swimming, table tennis and wheelchair basketball.

Numbers at both teams are up thanks to a countywide campaign geared at encouraging disabled people to take part in sport.

´╗┐Bringing down the barriers so people with a disability can get into sport

There are no rule adaptations for deaf football.

It is not just football that has seen a steady uptake in disabled players.

Footballers with cerebral palsy fall into two main categories those who play from a standing position and those who play seated in wheelchair or powerchair.

Derby County in the Community runs two disability football teams Ability Counts (five to 11 years) and Derby Shooters (12 years plus).

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As a result, participation is slowly going up.

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Sam Turner, disability officer at Derby County in the Community, said the club had worked hard with various partners to increase participation.

Each version of the game has its own centre of excellence in the East Midlands for those who with the potential to play at a national level.

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The biggest success story is football. There are now 10 clubs in Derbyshire delivering disability football sessions, compared to only a handful a few years ago.

Some sessions are free, as they are funded by agencies such as the Football Foundation. Others charge a small fee.

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It has enabled Sam, of Station Road, Mickleover, to play up to three times a week.

With the Paralympic Games in London only months away, sport leaders say now is the best time to inspire those with disabilities to become active.

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In blind football, players follow the sound of a bell or metal bearings inside the ball, while a coach stands behind the net to tell the players when to shoot.

He said: "I was 28 when I took up sport. I didn't think the opportunities were out Nike Vapormax Flyknit Green

had to move sessions to Merrill College last summer because we needed more space, although the lack of availability means we're now back at Da Vinci Community College."

Sam, who has some hearing with the help of aids, recalled: "At my old club I was the only one with a disability. I was paying the fees but was always on the sidelines. Then, at the awards night, the manager said they needed more players. Why not play me?

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A disability sports directory was produced to advertise the various sessions.

Paralympian international goalkeeper Leon Taylor, 36, said he fully supported the county's push to increase the number of disabled people taking part in sport.

To ensure this happens in Derbyshire, a cross agency strategy was implemented in 2008, aimed at Nike Vapormax White On Feet increasing awareness of disabled sport, creating more opportunities and producing more coaches.

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there. As a result of getting involved, I've been to the Beijing Olympics.

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