MORE than £60,000 is to be invested in boosting a project to get more disabled people interested in football in East Staffordshire.
The Football Association has revealed it is investing the cash in the area from its Disability Football Development Fund during the next three years, with the aim of creating 16 new disability football teams
Staffordshire Football Association will oversee the project and will be working with organisations across the area, including Burton Albion, to try to get more youngsters over the age of 12 interested in the game.
A spokesman for Staffordshire FA said: “This is a fund specifically targeted at supporting the growth of disability football in England.
“As part of this project, we have been granted funding to deliver a disability football project, in partnership with Burton Albion.
“The project, which will be delivered over three years, will use a strategic co-ordinated approach from providers to engage with a variety of disability organisations within Staffordshire, with the aim to increase disability football provision.
“The key aim of this project is to empower disabled people aged 12 or above, helping them make informed decisions on their football future.
“The programme will allow football providers to deliver 10 weeks of free ‘introduction to football’ sessions to disabled groups.
“Providers will also offer support and advice for local community football, mentoring and volunteering opportunities, qualifications and the opportunity to peruse a coaching career.
“This project is specifically designed to engage disability groups who may not traditionally have been engaged by these organisations in the past.”
Work is now being done to launch a session specifically for individuals with cerebral palsy at Burton Albion.
The project aims to have 1,584 new participants involved in the game by the end of the three-year period.