The FA commits £1.5m to the Disability Football Development Fund

FA Disability Workforce Fund

Providing a future for disability football


The FA has recently announced further investment into disability football via The FA Disability Workforce Fund (DWF), which has seen the creation of a network of 29 disability-specific football development officers, each with a remit of retaining and growing participation levels.

Over the next two years, The FA Disability Workforce Fund will see team numbers reach over 2600, 1000 recreational turn-up-and-play centres will be created and 145 disability football education courses will be delivered to over 2300 coaches.

The FA works in partnership with County FAs like ourselves and a range of other partners to ensure opportunities to play exist at a local level across a number of pathways. There has been significant growth in recent years that has seen the number of disability specific team’s increase from 384 in 2009 to over 2000 as of January 2017.

For more information, please get in touch.


Ian Tinto

Head of Football Development


Telephone: 01604 678405

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Talent ID Programme

Northamptonshire FA offers any young person with a disability, or sensory impairment (Cerebral Palsy, partially sighted, hearing impaired, learning disability, amputee, blind, or deaf) under the age of 16 the opportunity to showcase their footballing talents at an England Talent Day event.

Following the session, players will be signposted to further playing opportunities based on their performances, ranging from local clubs to impairment specific regional training squads.

Each of these is a stepping stone on the England Talent Player Pathway, which can - and has - previously led to players from the county representing their country.

England Talent Day
Talent identification session in progress.