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February 10, 2021

GiveToLocal Partners With The WFA

GiveToLocal’s mission to back community sport across the country is gathering pace following the announcement of a THIRD new national partnership in 2021.

Hot on the heels of confirming agreements with Basketball England and British Dodgeball, we’re proud to be working with The Wheelchair Football Association this year.

And the positive move is set to benefit powerchair footballers, their coaches and families following an incredibly tough 10 months for the wheelchair football community.

Brian Dix, Chairman of The Wheelchair Football Association, said: “2020 was the hardest year in our history.

“We were forced to cancel all elements of powerchair football activity and our community was asked to shield for many months. 

“Our challenge now is to come out of this situation on the front foot, both on and off the pitch. 

“This partnership opportunity is just one part of our plan to provide support to the powerchair football community going forward.

“GiveToLocal’s model is unique and offers clubs a great opportunity to develop sustainable income by becoming even more connected into their local communities.

“We recognise how important it is to support all elements of our membership and this national partnership has the potential to do that. 

“The Wheelchair Football Association is very much looking forward to working with GiveToLocal in 2021 and we’re excited about what we can achieve together.”

The Wheelchair Football Association (WFA) was formed in 2005 to govern the sport of Powerchair Football in England. 

The WFA is recognised by the Football Association as the sport’s lead organisation and its laws are sanctioned by the FA.

In 2013 the WFA secured funding from Sport England’s Inclusive Sport Fund to focus on the grassroots development of the game and provide opportunities for new players.

Three years later the WFA Cup featured as part of the FA Disability Cup Finals weekend at St George’s Park for the first time. 

And in 2019 England were crowned European champions for the first time after beating France on penalties in the final of the 2019 EPFA Nations Cup in Pajulahti, Finland.

GiveToLocal’s service will be available to all clubs affiliated to The Wheelchair Football Association.

By pledging as little as £3 per month donors can directly support their community wheelchair football clubs safe in knowledge that every penny goes to the club.

In return they can also receive benefits linked to local businesses.

“It feels fantastic to have The Wheelchair Football Association on board as a partner,” said Colin Stromsoy, Director Of Strategic Partnerships at GiveToLocal.

“This a very special partnership and one which means so much to me and the rest of the GiveToLocal team.

“The Wheelchair Football Association does incredible work in the community and supports powerchair players at every level.

“There’s so much synergy between the two organisations and the potential for this partnership to grow is there for everyone to see.”

To register your wheelchair football club with GiveToLocal please click on the following link: www.givetolocal.com/clubs

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