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. Sussex County FA has employed Jade Harker to take on the role full time.
Between 2016-19, the DWF will see team numbers reach over 2,600 and 1,000 recreational turn-up-and-play centres will be created. To support this growth, 145 disability football education courses will be delivered to over 2,300 coaches.
The DWF focuses on:
Turn Up and Play - The Sussex County FA will be supporting more clubs to run 'Turn Up and Play' sessions with a view to setting up more regular activity for youth and female players. Sessions will be promoted when organised.
Setting up a Disability Team - The Sussex County FA are keen advocates of inclusive football and are keen to encourage clubs and individuals to become involved in disability football. If you are looking to establish a disability specific club, advice and support is available every step of the way. Sussex County FA staff will initially meet with you to discuss plans for starting the session, offer a coach to support and mentor for the first few weeks, and help to continually promote your club.
Coach Education - For those interested in developing their knowledge further the Sussex County FA also run a regular Coaching Disabled Footballer’s course and an annual FA Level 1 Coaching Course specially for participants with disabilities.