Sport England - Places, People Play logoBuilding on the success of the Football Foundation project, in 2013 the WFA continued their growth by securing £350,000 from Sport England, courtesy of their Inclusive Sport fund.

With partner support, the £534,000 three year project enabled the WFA to recruit an additional three regional development officers to focus on the “grass-roots” development of the game and provide opportunities for new players to try powerchair football.

The main targets for this three year project included:

  • Engage with 561 new participants.
  • Provide 7725 opportunities for individuals to participate in Powerchair Football (throughput).
  • Deliver 813 sessions of Powerchair Football.

The achievements reached includes:

  • Engaged with 911 new participants.
  • Provided 7765 opportunities for people to play Powerchair Football.
  • Delivered 846 sessions of Powerchair Football.
  • Ran 65 Powerchair Football festivals.
  • Visited 83 different venues
  • Coached 1915 hours of Powerchair Football.

During this project, the WFA also:

  • Delivered 14 Coaching Powerchair Football courses, upskilling 230 new coaches.
  • Trained 43 new Powerchair Football officials and redesigned the Referee training programme.
  • An increase from 38 to 55 clubs for the 2015/16 season.
  • Established 6 regional league structures.

Inclusive Sport was part of a £135m Places People Play initiative which is bringing the magic of a home Olympic and Paralympic Games to communities across the country, creating a legacy of increased mass-participation.

It was delivered by Sport England in partnership with the British Olympic Association, the British Paralympic Association with the backing of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The programme’s three strands are working together to develop and improve sporting facilities, support the workforce delivering sport and provide opportunity and motivation to establish lifelong sporting habits.