Adam PhotoThe Wheelchair Football Association (WFA) is delighted to announce they have appointed Adam    McEvoy as the new National Development Manager. 

Adam came through our recent recruitment process where we had some very strong applications to consider.  Adam's application was impressive as he has experience working with strategic projects and has worked in development roles including previously with ourselves as the region South Development Officer.

He also brings with him experience of working with The FA and has a vast understanding and knowledge of the sport which has seen him coach and officiate for many years and has been instrumental in helping the sport develop and has crossed oversees to help out with the European Powerchair Association EPFA.

Adam will begin work with the WFA at the beginning of September, we look forward to his induction and to working with him over the coming years.

We'd like to place on record our huge thanks and gratitude to the outgoing National Development Manager, Sam Bull.  Sam has spent 13 years involved with Powerchair Football and his dedication and passion for the sport has had a large bearing on where it is today.  When you see the numbers of clubs and players that exist around the country, we are extremely fortunate to have such a strong structure in place. We would like to wish Sam well in his new challenge.

The WFA was formed in 2005 to develop the sport of Powerchair Football in England. The WFA work in partnership with the Football Association as football’s governing body. The WFA work with a wide range of partners in order to develop more clubs and playing opportunities. In April 2014 the WFA became a Charity Incorporated Organisation (CIO).

Location: England (Nationwide), hosted by Nottinghamshire County FA in Nottingham.

Responsible To: The WFA Steering Group and WFA Executive Committee.

National Development Role purpose:

Unite the game and inspire the nation through the strategic coordination of Powerchair football across England thereby sustaining and growing participation at a national level.  To influence and support delivery of Powerchair football in accordance with the WFA strategy and Disability Workforce Fund (DWF) plans in order to support the achievement of all WFA DWF project targets.

Key Accountabilities:

Work strategically to align current and future Powerchair football provision, ensuring an integrated approach across the County FA, Premier League and English Football League Trust Club networks, alongside key partners from across the disability, health, education and community & voluntary sectors.

  • Identify, manage and develop relationships with key partners to meet the objectives and targets of the WFA.
  • To oversee the implementation of the WFA Sports & Business Development Plan 2016-20.
  • To oversee all aspects of the WFA Disability Workforce Fund project and its associated KPI targets including production and delivery of annual operational plans.
  • Monitor and evaluate the impact of the DWF programme, reporting progress to The FA and all other key project partners as required. Manage and administer the project budget and produce all required reports.
  • Support participation growth and retention across both the affiliated and recreational formats of Powerchair football by influencing and supporting the delivery of key partners.
  • Analyse and make use of national and local insight to design and deliver participant focused services that address priority areas for Powerchair football.
  • Design and deliver a programme of services to Powerchair clubs and leagues ensuring all adhere to the relevant FA regulations and guidelines.
  • Work with The FA to ensure that football systems such as Whole Game System meet the needs of Powerchair football.
  • Identify external funding and investment to aid the growth and retention of Powerchair football across England.
  • Ensure the workforce is adequate to develop Powerchair football and is supported and developed across coaches, referees, classifiers, volunteers and young leaders.
  • Deliver an annual England Talent Day in conjunction with The FA Disability Performance Unit.
  • Raise the profile of good news stories and the range of Powerchair football opportunities across the pathway.
  • Ensure safeguarding is taken into consideration in all decision making areas of activity that effect under 18s and adults at risk of harm.
  • Ensure compliance with all WFA health and safety policies.
  • Ensure that safeguarding is embedded throughout the WFA in accordance with safeguarding legislation, safeguarding policy, best practice guidance and education programmes that effect under 18s and adults at risk of harm.
  • Executes additional tasks as required in order to meet WFAs changing priorities.