FA Disability Workforce fund
The Disability Workforce Fund (DWF) was launched in July 2016 to provide focused investment into a network of disability specific officers in County FAs each with a remit of retaining and growing participation levels.
Performance to date has been impressive, with affiliated disability teams having grown by 14% across DWF areas, compared to a 12.5% loss across non DWF areas.
As part of the National Game Strategy 2018-21 the DWF programme has now been incorporated into the strategy to continue delivery until 2021.
There are two aims of the disability workforce fund which are as follows:
• Unite the game and inspire the nation through the strategic coordination of a disability football workforce at a local level
• Promote a change in culture to embed disability football across the mainstream
The intended outcomes of the disability workforce fund are:
• Retain and grow number of affiliated disability teams
• Create a network of recreational disability football centres
• Create a sustainable competition structure
• Deliver workforce plans that support disability football and are inclusive of disabled people
• Increased profile of disability football and increased awareness of the pathway opportunities
Since the DWF programme commenced in 2016, disability football in Staffordshire has shown great signs of growth across all areas of the game including Playing, Coaching and Refereeing. The Disability Workforce Fund allows Staffordshire FA to work with key partners such as local authorities, CSP and Community Trusts to deliver football opportunities for all players and volunteers in the county.
In 2013 Staffordshire hosted 6 affiliated disability teams; this has since grown to 41 teams to date including our first ladies only disability team, with additional recreational activities also taking place across the county.
For further information surrounding The FA Disability Workforce Fund, please contact our Football Development Officer (Disability) via the details provided.