Shrewsbury Town in the Community recieve funding for disability sport projectsShrewsbury Town in the Community has received funding from the Wembley National Stadium Trust to help boost our disability sport projects.
Last week was the launch of ‘Every Player Counts’, where the likes of former England defender Danny Mills, Paralympians and Disability Minister Penny Mordaunt were present to celebrate the £1.1 million nationwide scheme.
The main aim of the scheme is to get more disabled people playing football, and breaking down the barriers that have previously prevented them from doing so.
WNST trustees have awarded 23 grants to 25 clubs, with the amounts being spread out over three years.
Shrewsbury Town in The Community has been granted £54,200 towards their disability sport programmes, which will go towards curriculum time coaching in SEN (Special Educational Needs) Schools, build more teams more specific to their disability (e.g. a deaf team) and help make provisions more sustainable.
Head of Community Jamie Edwards said: “It’s something that I’m very passionate about. We’ve taken great strides over the last two years but this has really been able to take us to the next level.
“It’s great to have a partnership with Severndale School, where we’re going in during curriculum time which will in turn have an increase in the amount of participants that we have.
“It’s all about being inclusive, and its very difficult when you’re coaching if you’ve got a varied amount of disabilities which we do have with our PAN disability – some people will have an advantage over others.
“So to be able to start specific teams, and hopefully link fixtures with other clubs, that’s a fantastic opportunity to make sure that everybody gets the chance to wear the Shrewsbury Town Football Club shirt and represent their club with pride.”