CACT runs a number of disability programmes including the infamous Upbeats, Charlton’s favourite Down’s syndrome team.
The Charlton Upbeats is a specific programme for children and adults with Down’s syndrome and has become a firm favourite with the Charlton fans. Over 170 young people are registered with The Upbeats with 40 regular attendees every week. They also play in the Kent Adult Disability League and were successful in being league winners in their first season. The Upbeats are also 9 times, National Down’s syndrome champions.
The programme specialises in providing a progressive and safe environment for players of all ages to reach their full potential. It provides a clear pathway from young players who are learning the basic skills in the game up to senior competitive football.
Short Breaks is a programme delivered by CACT in the Royal Borough of Greenwich and London Borough of Bexley for 13 to 17-year-olds with disabilities.
- After School Club
- Holiday courses
Easter, summer and selected half-terms
- Holiday Club
- Overnight breaks
- Saturday Club
Currently running weekly, the Ability Counts programme comprises sessions run during the school term for disabled players from the ages of 5-16. There is also an Ability Counts Football Club, an extension of the programme which offers more competitive opportunities for disabled players that operates in both junior and senior teams.
Power Chair Football
This programme is run in conjunction with the South London Special League with weekly sessions available. A team then player in fixtures at a central venue in Kettering on a monthly basis.
The Early Help and Prevention strand also delivers a range of programmes in targeted areas across Greenwich, Bexley and Kent to reduce anti-social behaviour.
The programmes engage with some of the most hard to reach young people in the community by delivering football sessions and a range of alternative activity sessions to young people at a time when they could be otherwise be engaged in anti-social behaviour.