FA funding paves way for disability football at Horfield Leisure Centre
Funding from The FA paves the way for new disability football opportunities at Bristol United Walking Football Club
Footballers living with disabilities in Bristol are set to benefit from a significant boost in competitive opportunities after Bristol United Walking Football Club (BUWFC) were awarded a £1500 Grow the Game grant.
The scheme, which is funded by The Football Association [The FA] and delivered by the Football Foundation, will enable BUWFC to create a weekly walking football session for adults with learning disabilities. This will provide an opportunity for people with learning disabilities to exercise and socialise by playing football at a slower pace.
The Grow the Game scheme sees grants of £1,500 awarded to community football clubs wishing to create new teams, especially amongst under-represented groups. This year, funding was made available for clubs looking to create new female and disability football teams, which can assist towards the costs of FA coaching courses; FA league affiliation costs; referees’ fees; first aid kits; football kit and equipment.
Keith Gwilym, Club Secretary, said: This generous grant will enable us to provide a low-cost social and exercise opportunity to an underrepresented group. We are grateful to the FA for funding this initiative and to the Football Foundation for guiding us through the application and delivery process.
Bristol United Walking Football Club are based at Horfield Leisure Centre.