To mark the launch of the FA’s Disability Football Development Fund High Peak MP Andrew Bingham met England Blind team members Dan English and Lewis Skyers at a demonstration in the shadow of Big Ben.
The football organisation has committed £1.5 million to the fund over the next three years and aims to attract more than 30,000 new players with a disabilityl and create almost 600 new disability football teams.
Andrew said: “It was great to meet Lewis and Dan and speak to staff from the FA about their commitment to Disability Football. Disability Football is the nation’s most played disability team sport and with this investment The FA aims to grow the sport even further. This investment is a welcome boost for the sport.”
The investment will be used to develop 27 projects across the country and will employ 17 disability officers to strategically manage the local provision. The remaining 10 projects will support existing provision delivered through professional football club community schemes, County Football Associations or third sector groups.