FA Disability Workforce Fund
The fa recently announced further
investment of £1.5M into disability
football via the FA Disability
Workforce Fund (DWF)
The Fund has seen the creation of a network of 29
disability-specific football development officers, each with
a remit of retaining and growing participation levels.
Between 2016 - 2019, the DWF will see team numbers reach over 2600 and 1000 recreational turn-up-
and-play centres will be created. To support this growth, 145 disability football education courses will be
delivered to over 2300 coaches.
Over the past three years disability football in Birmingham has shown great signs of growth across all
areas of the game including Playing, Coaching and Refereeing. The Disability Workforce Fund allows
Birmingham FA to work with key partners such as local authorities, CSP's and Community Trusts to
deliver football opportunities for players and volunteers with disabilities.
Prior to the programme, Birmingham had 78 disability teams. This has since grown to 144 (male and female)
teams with a target of creating 145 teams by 2019. The Disability Workforce Fund provides the County FA
with the resources and expertise required to reach these targets and improve the opportunities available
to disabled players throughout the county.
Along with affiliated football, The Turn Up and Play Sessions (recreational) provide disabled players with the
opportunity to play the game in a relaxed, fun, and safe environment. Delivered by FA qualified coaches,
the sessions provide the perfect introduction to the sport as well as giving players the opportunity to develop
As the affiliated and recreational projects grow the programme requires a workforce. Birmingham FA
offer subsidised courses for coaches and referees with disabilities, or those who are passionate
and committed about the disability game.
For further information surrounding The FA
Disability Workforce Fund, please contact
our Football Development Officer (Disability)
via the details provided.