Project information

Taking the Foot out of Football

To offer physically disabled people of all ages the opportunity to play powerchair football. We are the only competitive wheelchair sports club in the North West of England and our members desperately want to play this sport regularly. We can prove you don't need feet to play the beautiful game!

September 2015 - September 2016

Charity information: Cumbria Wheelchair Sports Club

Cumbria Wheelchair Sports Club logo
  • Need


    Powerchair football (PF) is a new Paralympic sport played by the physically disabled all over the UK. PF uses powered (not manual) wheelchairs, enabling players with severely restricted movement to participate; it also means that setting up this sport can be costly. For the many CWSC members who want to take up PF, the nearest clubs are in the North East. This is too costly in time, travel and non-member club fees for our most severely disabled players and their families to afford regularly.


    The purchase of powerchair equipment will allow CWSC to offer PF for the first time in the North West, thus eliminating extra travel and fee costs for members. Qualified volunteer coaches have already committed to train our players thus enabling CWSC to provide Cumbria with PF for fun AND national competition. Implementing PF will inspire our disabled members to realise that football IS a sport for all. Our players will be every bit as well-regarded as those with full use of their feet and legs!

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Bring PF to CWSC and establish Cumbria as a recognised ‘centre of excellence’ for PF.


    » Purchase powerchairs and other equipment required to train interested players and establish PF in Cumbria.
    » Develop multiple PF teams capable of playing at all levels of the sport, both locally and nationally.
    » Become a role model for PF through close working relationships with the national governing body, the Wheelchair Football Association.
    » Promote CWSC as a prominent force in PF by forging high-profile media coverage and external partnerships.

    What success will look like

    Fundraise, attract regular club participants, engage qualified coaches, talent-spot for national level players, offer taster session for those all over the UK, and media promotion.

  • Impact


    The project will ensure that PF is firmly established in Cumbria, providing an inspirational opportunity for people of all abilities to get active and develop a lifelong love of sport. Success will be demonstrated by the number of new players signing up for PF; participating on a regular, long-term basis; pursuing other sports at CWSC; joining national teams or progressing to Team GB training camps; and reporting increased self-esteem, well-being, competitive spirit and personal achievement.


    The major risk is a failure to raise sufficient funds to purchase the equipment needed (and core costs anticipated) during the one-year development phase of the project. We have dealt with this risk by potentially ring-fencing our reserves to the tune of 10% overall project costs, by agreeing the sale of some of our non-critical stock equipment to the tune of + 5% overall project costs, and by freezing 5% of our capital expenditure budget for 2016.


    Donors will receive quarterly updates on progress and activity status, and an overview of any necessary changes to project plans. Project updates will be regularly posted on our web-site, and donors will receive copies of all media publications pertaining to the project as and when they arise.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £90,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £50,000 Wheelchairs 10 x specialised powerchairs
      £13,700 Core Costs Court/coach fees, Taster events
      £4,500 Moving/handling Portable hoists & slings
      £11,800 Administration Promotion, Kit purchase, Programme etc
      £10,000 Facilities Electrical, Trailer purchase, Transport

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    ACT Foundation £5,000 Guaranteed
    Sport England £10,000 Guaranteed
    Cumbria Community Foundation £5,000 Guaranteed
    Brian Miller Ltd £5,000 Guaranteed
    Carlisle City Council £5,000 Guaranteed
    Copeland Community Foundation £1,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Our project will be based in Cumbria, the second largest but most sparsely populated county in the UK. CWSC is based in Carlisle, but has recently partnered with Active Cumbria to develop satellite hubs all over Cumbria. Most hubs are located in areas of the county that are severely disadvantaged through rural isolation, unemployment and poverty. We have thus taken our wheelchair sport to areas of Cumbria that have some of the highest Indices of Multiple Deprivation scores in the UK.


    The primary beneficiaries will be the players who will experience inclusion, activity, teamwork, and skills opportunities. Schools, colleges, player’s families, friends and employers are all likely to benefit indirectly from gains in confidence, self-esteem, social networking and personal skills that our members gain from playing competitive team sport. We help some players gain coaching qualifications, thus improving their employability and reducing the burden on the benefit system.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are the only wheelchair club of its kind in the whole of the North West. In the 6 years of our operation we have developed a broad network of professional contacts, sportspersons, and ambassadors who collaborate with and advise us on all aspects of providing wheelchair sports – including safeguarding, health and safety, training, and equipment/technical issues etc. We have a superlative reputation in the sector, and superb proven relationships with many funders across the UK.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Ray McBride

    Our Chairman of Trustees, Ray works an average 60 hours a week to promote, organise, develop and coordinate CWSC and all of our sports sessions.

    Nat Pattinson

    At 12, suicidal when told he would be in a wheelchair forever, now 19, Nat is our star basketball player and represents Team GB in their elite squad.

    John Dixon

    Director of Carlisle United Football Club, John’s affiliated our wheelchair football team with his Club and supplies our CUFC strips and publicity.